Arsenal have cooled their interest in Paris Saint-Germain’s Christopher Nkunku, despite his club’s reduced asking price, according to reports in France.
Reliable PSG-focused outlet Paris United report that whilst Arsenal were ‘very interested’ in Nkunku for a time, they haven’t returned to follow up that interest recently.
That’s despite the fact the midfielder’s value appears to have dropped from €20m a couple of months ago to ‘between €8m and €12m’ as things stand. With Nkunku’s contract expiring next summer, it’s no surprise PSG might be willing to accept a bit less.
Eredivisie champions Ajax are now keeping an eye on Nkunku, who is still expected to leave in the current window.
It’s possible Arsenal have decided their priorities lie elsewhere, given their reduced budget after missing out on Champions League qualification.
Nkunku scored four goals and provided two assists in 29 appearances in 2018/19, but he only managed 17 starts in all competitions. The 21-year-old was presumably particularly disappointed to make zero appearances in Europe all season.
Given the PSG star’s great versatility, this may still be a deal worth reviving at some point, particularly given the reduced asking price. For now, it seems Arsenal are focused on other targets.