Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa is set to snub Arsenal ahead of a move to Italian champions Juventus. The 27-year-old left-back moved to PSG from Monaco in 2015 in a deal worth close to €22 million and since then gone on to play 115 games for the club, during which time he has scored 12 goals and provided 20 assists.
According to reports in France, the PSG left-back has cleared out his locker at the club’s Camp des Loges training complex ahead of a switch to Juventus. PSG are set to receive Italian international Mattia De Sciglio as part of a swap deal.
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed ahead of Sunday’s game with Lille that Kurzawa would not take part in the match due to the current uncertainty about his future. According to Football Italia, Tuchel has given his permission for the swap to go ahead, although no decision has yet been reached between the two clubs.
“I have already given the all-clear to this exchange,” said Tuchel.
“But nothing has yet been decided between the two clubs.
“The situation is still open, so that is why Kurzawa won’t be in the squad against Lille.”
But if a deal is completed between PSG and Juve it will be a blow to Arteta’s plans, as he is currently without left-backs Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac.
FutballNews had reported that Arsenal was closing in on a deal to sign Kurzawa. According to people familiar with the discussion, talks between the two clubs are at an advanced stage, and Arsenal really needs a defender.
Luckily for Arteta and Arsenal, Kurzawa will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season, as a result, it will cost them less to get him than it would if he will still be under contract.
It was reported that the Gunners have initiated talks with the Ligue 1 (PSG) champions over a move for the France international left-back, he has just six months left of his current contract.
It’s unclear what the price tag will be to get him to join the North London club but money shouldn’t be an issue since his contract is running out.
Kurzawa is expected to make an instant impact if he decides to join Arsenal, his an experienced defender and he has what it will take to help Arsenal’s backline. The injury-ridden Arsenal defense can use more manpower and if the transfer talk becomes a fruitful one, Arsenal is positioned to benefit a lot from it.
According to reports, the head of football at Arsenal Raul Sanllehi is leading the talks with PSG with the hope to land Layvin Kurzawa, who has only emerged as a target for Arsenal in recent weeks.
The defender has not been regularly scouted by the north London club, however, he was recently linked with agent Kia Joorabchian. Kia is playing an influential role in the transfer business at the Emirates and he is expected to get it done.