Arsenal still in the race for Layvin Kurzawa

Lavyin Kurzawa

Arsenal are still interested in signing PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa.

The Gunners were linked with a move for the left-back in January and according to reports, he came close to arriving in north London.

Ultimately, no deal was concluded as Mikel Arteta’s men looked to bring him in on a pre-contract ahead of a free transfer in the summer.

And reportedly, Raul Sanllehi and co still want to bring him to the Emirates Stadium – that’s accord to France Football.

They suggest that Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are both in the race to sign the 27-year-old, but Chelsea have recently enquired with the player’s agent.

Inter and Juventus had both been interested but have since stopped pursuing the defender properly. Kurzawa, who is valued at £10.8m, has already rejected the former according to the report.

The 13-cap international appears to have been an Arsenal target for a considerable period of time, first catching the eye of Arsene Wenger in 2014.

GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…

This would be a puzzling piece of business from the Gunners. 

After all, the club already have two recognised left-backs with Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney in their ranks – why would they need another?

Tierney may have been spent large parts of his debut campaign in north London out injured but he’s looked impressive when afforded an opportunity, registering two assists in four European matches.

However, it’s the emergence of Bukayo Saka that makes their interest in Kurzawa still rather recognisable. 

The youngster has been superb this campaign, stepping into the left-back role when Tierney and Kolasinac were injured with devastating effect.

He’s played there 15 times this term, providing four assists from that role. In all competitions, he has nine.

Saka is a player with the world at his feet and with Tierney taking a part in the club’s friendlies against Charlton and Brentford this week, he is clearly ready for more action.

There is simply no need to sign Kurzawa or another left-back.

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