Paper Talk: Deal done for Arsenal as classy defenders are targeted next

Date published: Monday 20th January 2020 8:26 - James Marshment

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Arsenal have agreed one defensive signing and have targeted two more arrivals, while Tottenham have a surprise answer to their striker problems in mind, according to Monday’s Paper Talk.



Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa will join Arsenal on a free transfer when his contract ends in June and has agreed a five-year deal with the Gunners.

It was reported last week that the Gunners had held talks with PSG over a deal for the 27-year-old, who becomes a free agent this summer when his deal expires.

Arsenal had hoped a deal could be reached that would see the left-back move to Emirates Stadium this month, but France Football say those hopes are now over due to Thomas Tuchel’s fears that his departure now could leave his side short defensively.

However, it’s not all bad news with the same publication confirming the defender will join Arsenal in the summer as a free agent, with Kurzawa – who joined PSG in a €23m deal from Monaco in 2015 – signing up on a deal until summer 2025.

And the Daily Star insists Arsenal are not done there and will instead use the limited transfer funds they have this month to push through a loan deal to sign Germany defender Jerome Boateng on loan from Bayern Munich.

They claim the 31-year-old will arrive as a replacement for Calum Chambers, who is out for the season. It’s reported Arsenal are willing to pay Bayern a £2m loan fee for the defender and will cover his wages during his time in London.


However, it’s reported that RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano remains Mikel Arteta’s No 1 target and the Star says the Gunners are growing in confidence that a £50m deal can be agreed with the Bundesliga title chasers.

It’s thought Arteta wants the 21-year-old to form a new defensive partnership next season with William Saliba – signed last summer from St Etienne, with Kurzawa or Kieran Tierney at left-back and Hector Bellerin as right-back.



Tottenham are ready to make a move for Leicester striker Islam Slimani, who is currently on loan with Monaco (Daily Telegraph)

Former Everton midfielder Jose Baxter has been offered the chance to play in the United States with USL side Memphis 901, where Tim Howard is sporting director (Daily Telegraph)

Leicester and Aston Villa are targeting French striker Serhou Guirassy from Ligue 1 side Amiens in January (Daily Mail)

Paris Saint-Germain plan to scupper Manchester United’s hopes of signing Kalidou Koulibaly by offering the Napoli centre-back a £10m-plus yearly wage package (Daily Mail)

Inter Milan want to secure Christian Eriksen from Tottenham in time for next weekend’s match with Cagliari (Daily Mail)

Atletico Madrid are considering Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette as a possible option with their move for Edinson Cavani stalling (Daily Mail)

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are battling one another to secure the signing of Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi (Daily Mail)

Iker Casillas will make a decision on his playing future in March after taking advice from his doctor (Daily Mail)


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Middlesbrough are hoping to sign West Ham midfielder Reece Oxford on loan (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal face competition from Lyon in the race to sign Bruno Guimaraes from Athletico Paranaense in Brazil (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is facing two to three months out with a double stress fracture in his back (The Times)


Napoli regret letting Carlo Ancelotti leave and would love to have him back from Everton to replace Gennaro Gattuso, who is considering resigning after only 35 days in the job (The Sun)

Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez is happy to stay in Serie A despite being linked with Manchester City and Manchester United (The Sun)

Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli is open to playing for Italy if his dream of playing for Brazil does not come to fruition (The Sun)

Aston Villa are “throwing everything” at a move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud (Daily Star)


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