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Arsenal transfer news: PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa close to agreeing move



Arsenal are working on a deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa.

It’s understood talks between the Gunners and the Ligue 1 giants have progressed past the initial stages.

Arsenal are short on options in defence due to a number of injuries and, if Mikel Arteta is to strengthen his squad during the current transfer window, adding numbers in that area was always going to be a priority.

Kurzawa, 27, is available on a free transfer in the summer when his contract expires but it is believed Arsenal are keen to do a deal to bring him to the Emirates Stadium this month.


Asked about his defensive headaches on Wednesday, Arteta replied: “We are playing with full-backs that are not full-backs.

“They are wingers or central midfielders and could we afford to lose full-backs? No, but we don’t have any full-backs.”

With Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac both injured, Arteta is likely to have to field young winger Bukayo Saka at left-back against Sheffield United on Saturday.

Tierney had been a long-standing target for Arsenal and was finally recruited in the summer but his first months in north London have been thwarted by fitness issues.

Kurzawa would come in as a challenger to his position, with the France international starting just six league games for PSG so far this season.

Arsenal are interested in signing Layvin Kurzawa (Getty)

Arsenal’s original plans had been for a quiet January window but the need for an additional body at the back appears to have changed their outlook.

It remains to be seen if a fee can be agreed between the two sides but it is reported that Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi is in charge of the talks.

Kurzawa has won three Ligue 1 titles, three Coupe de France crowns and a trio of Coupe de la Ligue trophies at PSG, having joined from rivals Monaco in 2015.

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