Arsenal in talks to sign PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa

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.

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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.


January transfer targets





1/41 January Transfer Targets

2/41 Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

3/41 Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

4/41 Leroy Sane (Manchester City)

5/41 Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig)

6/41 Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

7/41 Ben Chilwell (Leicester)

8/41 Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

9/41 Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

10/41 Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

11/41 Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona)

12/41 Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)

13/41 Nathan Ake (Bournemouth)

14/41 Edinson Cavani (PSG)

15/41 Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid)

16/41 Jarrod Bowen (Hull)

17/41 Emerson (Chelsea)

18/41 Rhian Brewster (Liverpool – loan)

19/41 Curtis Jones (Liverpool – loan)

20/41 Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

21/41 Nemanja Matic (Manchester United)

22/41 Moussa Dembele (Lyon)

23/41 Gedson Fernandes (Benfica)

24/41 Alfredo Morelos (Rangers)

25/41 Dries Mertens (Napoli)

26/41 Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus)

27/41 Emre Can (Juventus)

28/41 Andreas Iniesta (Vissel Kobe)

29/41 James Rodriguez (Real Madrid)

30/41 Arturo Vidal (Barcelona)

31/41 Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)

32/41 Danny Loader (Reading)

33/41 Adrien Rabiot (Juventus – loan)

34/41 Che Adams (Southampton – loan)

35/41 Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb)

36/41 Nathan Ferguson (West Brom)

37/41 Eberechi Eze (QPR)

38/41 Isco (Real Madrid)

39/41 Marcos Rojo (Manchester United)

40/41 Patrick Cutrone (Wolves)

41/41 James Maddison (Leicester)

1/41 January Transfer Targets

2/41 Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

3/41 Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

4/41 Leroy Sane (Manchester City)

5/41 Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig)

6/41 Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

7/41 Ben Chilwell (Leicester)

8/41 Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

9/41 Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

10/41 Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

11/41 Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona)

12/41 Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)

13/41 Nathan Ake (Bournemouth)

14/41 Edinson Cavani (PSG)

15/41 Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid)

16/41 Jarrod Bowen (Hull)

17/41 Emerson (Chelsea)

18/41 Rhian Brewster (Liverpool – loan)

19/41 Curtis Jones (Liverpool – loan)

20/41 Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

21/41 Nemanja Matic (Manchester United)

22/41 Moussa Dembele (Lyon)

23/41 Gedson Fernandes (Benfica)

24/41 Alfredo Morelos (Rangers)

25/41 Dries Mertens (Napoli)

26/41 Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus)

27/41 Emre Can (Juventus)

28/41 Andreas Iniesta (Vissel Kobe)

29/41 James Rodriguez (Real Madrid)

30/41 Arturo Vidal (Barcelona)

31/41 Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)

32/41 Danny Loader (Reading)

33/41 Adrien Rabiot (Juventus – loan)

34/41 Che Adams (Southampton – loan)

35/41 Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb)

36/41 Nathan Ferguson (West Brom)

37/41 Eberechi Eze (QPR)

38/41 Isco (Real Madrid)

39/41 Marcos Rojo (Manchester United)

40/41 Patrick Cutrone (Wolves)

41/41 James Maddison (Leicester)

“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’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.

PA

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