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Arsenal’s negotiations with Layvin Kurzawa over his free transfer switch to the Emirates have reached a very advanced stage, according to France Football.
The left-sided defender contract expires in June, so there is nothing standing in the way of him signing a pre-contract with a foreign club now.
And now it seems Kurzawa has indeed agreed terms on a five-year contract, with the only thing now holding up the deal being an agreement on a signing-on bonus.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has recently been forced to play Bukayo Saka at left-back, after injuries to both Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac.
And has had tried to convince Paris St-Germain to let Kurzawa leave in January, such are his lack of options in the position presently.
But it seems that a free summer deal is much more likely as a result of PSG’s transfer fee demands.
They reportedly want between €5m and €7m for a January move – a sum that the cash-strapped Gunners are unwilling to pay.
Kurzawa signed with Kia Joorabchian’s agency Sports Invest UK recently, confirming the move yesterday.
Joorabchian has close links to the current Gunners hierarchy so everything is pointing to the 23-year-old heading across the English Channel.
The France international, who has scored 12 times in 100 PSG appearances, reportedly turned down Inter Milan for Arsenal.
Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by Sheffield United yesterday, Gabriel Martinelli’s opener cancelled out by John Fleck late on.
Asked by Sky Sports whether Ainsley Maitland-Niles was at fault for the goal, Arteta responded: “Obviously, when we are analysing the opponents and scenarios that are happening on the pitch, we have to try to correct and help the players as much as possible.