Arsenal in advanced talks for January free transfer of defender

According to the Athletic (subscription required), Arsenal are in advanced talks with Paris Saint-Germain over the signing of left-back Layvin Kurzawa.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein claims Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi is leading the talks for the defender, with discussions described as ‘key’ reportedly taking place today.

Ornstein also adds that the Gunners are hoping to sign the ace for free this month. Whilst it’s reported that the PSG star does only have six month remaining on his contract, we’d have thought that a player of Kurzawa’s calibre would certainly command a fee.

News of Kurzawa potentially joining for nothing comes less than a day after the Sun claimed that the Gunners were preparing a £6m bid for the ace this month.

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Mikel Arteta is currently without his only two natural left-backs, with Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac both sidelined. Promising youngster Bukayo Saka has deputised in defence recently.

Kurzawa has made 14 appearances across all competitions for the Parisians this season, the ace also has 13 caps for France to his name.

The 27-year-old was once tipped to become a superstar after breaking into Monaco’s team, however things have dwindled for the ace in recent years – Kurzawa has become PSG’s second choice at left-back behind Juan Bernat.

Despite the chance of signing a top calibre player on a free, should the Gunners rethink this move considering the Frenchman’s injury troubles that have blighted his career?

Tags Layvin Kurzawa Paris Saint-Germain

13 Comments

  1. Restless says:

    Free is good. lol.

  2. Restless says:

    Truth is there is nothing like a free signing. Where there is no signing fee the player’s value is reflected in the enhanced salary. Ramsey got 400k weekly from Juventus. No way he would have gotten that amount with a signing fee. Kurzawa will probably earn about 200K a week without a signing fee.

  3. GB says:

    I think he’s actually third choice at PSG, same as he will be with us or second choice at best.
    I reckon he’ll be on 100k tops.

  4. GunnerSince2004 says:

    So does that mean we’ll be selling Kolasinac who I personally think is transforming and has been re-invented under Arteta plus he brings an alternate game plan on the left back/wingback position with him possessing the physique needed for those physical games unlike Tierney who I believe is more technical and less physical.

  5. kristoman says:

    Another lie again
    ramsey wage is 180k a week after tax and not 400k which was rubbished by all italia media.their highest paid player at is ronaldo 450k before tax.

  6. Kurzawa seems to be good from the video’s watched. But I still don’t think he should play instead of Kola, who is doing a decent job till now. Or else shift Kola to the midfield or central defence. Arsenal should also be looking at a CB and a creative midfielder

    1. Emmaobi says:

      Kolasinac should be sold.He is a liability in Arsenal just as Dembele is to Barça. Shaw is to Man Utd.

    2. Sue says:

      A lot of players look good on YouTube 😄

  7. Tony says:

    Kurzawa is far better than Kola” despite injury crisis… And he’ll play just fine with Tierney.

    Getting rid of Kolasinac isn’t a big deal and AFC needs to; invest the money getting a CB Like Dunk in the summer. Kola’ is so Average offensively and Poor defensively..
    That’s my Op.

    1. ClassyGunner says:

      I only agree with your very last sentence.

  8. ozziegunner says:

    How many left backs does Arsenal want to acquire? Kurzawa is not even second choice for PSG, has injury concerns and is on big wages. When are the people in charge of scouting and recruitment going to focus on the squads needs; CB, RB and upgrades in midfield?

    1. Durand says:

      Ozziegunner, I’m guessing they will focus on those positions when they find free transfers. Raul seemingly has gone from the penthouse to the $h!thouse in quick fashion. The excitement level he brought is quickly evaporating, and the doubts seem to grow regarding his ability to get top talent in.
      He’s appearing like a Gazidis 2.0, and perhaps his performance evaluation should be coming up after this Summer’s window.

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