Arsene Wenger has until Friday to agree a deal for Saint Etienne defender Loic Perrin before the French club resolve to refuse selling him this transfer window.
An exclusive in French newspaper Le 10 Sport today confirms how St. Etienne are growing frustrated with the fact that the Gunners are showing interest in their captain without actually submitting a concrete offer.
Perrin to Arsenal
It’s believed Perrin’s representatives have agreed a contract with the north London club but that a deal is no closer to completion as the two clubs remain out of negotiations.
Rather than wait around for Wenger to make up his mind St. Etienne have subsequently put a deadline of this weekend for Perrin’s departure. If the 29-year-old remains at the club by that time then he won’t be the subject of a transfer until at least the summer, with club chiefs obviously keen to keep squad disruptions to a minimum.
The Gunners’ interest in Perrin has been rumoured for a few weeks now, with Wenger looking to add depth and quality to his side as he looks to ensure that they qualify for Champions League football for another season.
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At the moment Arsenal find themselves struggling to solidify a position within the top four, with Chelsea, Manchester City, Southampton and Manchester United threatening to keep them out.
The defence at the Emirates Stadium has been a source of particular pain for the Frenchman, with Per Mertesacker having been attacked by critics for his cumbersome displays and Laurent Koscielny finding himself frequently out injured.
At the moment Wenger’s decision to allow both Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna to leave looks to have been an ill-advised one, and another defender could be what’s needed to tighten up the back four.
Of course Perrin himself will be expected to agree to a move if indeed Arsenal do end up settling on terms with Saint Etienne. The former France U21 international has risen to captain his first-team but the limited funds at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, coupled with the dominance of Paris Saint-Germain, makes silverware unlikely.
On top of that is Wenger’s aptitude at working with French players, which only bodes well for Perrin with regards to settling into the English game.