Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa, and they working on a few other low-profile deals for the current window, according to David Ornstein.
Writing for The Athletic, David Ornstein reports that Arsenal are in advanced talks for PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa. Raul Sanllehi is leading negotiations with further talks taking place today. Arsenal watched him against AS Monaco on Wednesday night.
Kurzawa is approaching the end of his contract this summer, and Arsenal are even hoping they might be able to sign him for free now. The plan is to sign him immediately either way. Kurzawa reportedly wants to leave over playing time.
Ornstein adds that Arsenal are working on three or four deals for the January window in total. All involve loans, free transfers or smaller fees. Writing on Twitter, he clarifies this doesn’t mean all of them will happen.
Kurzawa is clearly a signing to address the immediate problems at left-back. Kieran Tierney was meant to fill the spot, but he’s out until March. Sead Kolasinac is back from injury but still struggling, so much so he’s a doubt for Saturday’s game.
Bukayo Saka deputised well, but he’s really a winger. The plan is likely to have Kurzawa and Kolasinac rotate for now, before presumably moving one of them on in the summer.
As for the other two or three signings, the rumours are that Arsenal are looking for a midfielder and a left-sided centre-back. Those are certainly areas Mikel Arteta’s squad could use help in.