Mikel Arteta has transfer rethink as Arsenal line up free-agent

Date published: Tuesday 10th March 2020 12:38

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Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa remains on Arsenal’s radar, according to a report in France.

Arsenal were interested in the player in January with The Athletic journalist David Ornstein claiming that talks between the Gunners and the Ligue 1 giants had progressed past the initial stages.

Ornstein wrote: “Arsenal hope to do more incoming business in January and are working on three to four deals but do not plan on significant expenditure.

“They will instead look to utilise the loan market and free transfers, or (as in the case of Kurzawa) sign players with small fees.”

A deal for the 27-year-old never materialised though, however France Football report that the Gunners remain keen on the player, who will be available for free in the summer when his contract expires.

If the report is correct Mikel Arteta has had a change of heart over the player having originally called off the deal, according to Paris United.

The French outlet claimed that Arsenal technical director Edu was keen on signing Kurzawa in the final days of the January transfer window, but Arteta pulled the plug on the deal.

The report claimed that Arteta did not want the left-back and vetoed a move for the Frenchman after the emergence of Bukayo Saka.

Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac are the two main left-backs at Arsenal, while Saka has impressed when called upon.

 

 

 

Now though Arteta, who has most probably seen his transfer budget slashed after losing to Olympiacos in the Europa League will try and sign Kurzawa in the summer.

Arteta’s men were dumped out of the competition after Olympiacos’ extra-time winner at The Emirates last month and The Sun claimed it could cost the club £60million in lost revenue.

The tabloid claims managing director Vinai Venkatesham is “still counting the full cost” of the exit with Arsenal banking just £15million from this year’s tournament.

 

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