Arsenal took advantage of Tottenham Hotspur’s hesitance to get a deal over the line to sign Leandro Trossard, according to his agent.
Earlier this week, Arsenal completed a deal to sign Leandro Trossard from Brighton and Hove Albion, with the paperwork completed in time for the winger to join the squad against Manchester United.
By all reports, negotiations were quick and easy for all involved, but it was only thanks to Tottenham Hotspur’s dawdling that the Gunners had a chance to do a deal in the first place.
“Spurs were in contact with us for the last two weeks,” Trossard’s agent Josy Comhair explained. “But it was we want him, but wait this, wait that.
“Wednesday we got in touch with Arsenal – 24 hours later they had an agreement.”
When Arsenal completed a deal to sign Trossard, Fabrizio Romano reported that the player had turned down two clubs for Arsenal.
One of these was believed to be Olympique de Marseille, and it now appears that the other was Tottenham Hotspur.
According to various sources, the initial deal cost Arsenal £20-21m, with add-ons taking the total cost to £26-27m. Trossard is expected to receive around £90,000 a week.
It’s now up to the player himself to make an immediate impact on Arsenal’s title challenge, and he may get the chance for his debut at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.