Arsenal miss out on summer target with contract extension coming

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Arsenal have missed out on a summer target.

The Gunners are already making plans to restructure their squad in the next transfer window, having endured a difficult season thus far.

They lie ninth and are currently nine points behind fifth-placed Wolves.

A fifth-placed finish could be enough to qualify for next season’s Champions League given Manchester City’s potential ban from the competition.

Arsenal are also 11 points off the top four and it remains to be seen if they will be playing any kind of European football at all next season.

A report from France Football claims that PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa is set to sign a new contract with the Ligue 1 giants, committing his future to the club.

The report states that the Gunners had talks with Kurzawa in the January transfer window, attempting to bring him to north London.

Arsenal are said to have maintained their interest through the spring months, before Chelsea expressed their intentions to potentially sign the 27-year-old.

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That has seemingly prompted PSG to give him a new contract, and he will subsequently be signing a four-year deal.

The negotiations could be concluded in the coming days.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This would have been something of a step forward for the club.

While they have Kieran Tierney at left-back – he is an excellent defender who has yet to properly make an impact at the club – they also have Sead Kolasinac as back-up.

But the Bosnia-Herzegovina international has made just 14 starts this season but Kurzawa would have been an upgrade.

He is 27 and has won four Ligue 1 titles, three French Cups and three French League Cups.

Kurzawa is an experienced, assiduous defender and would be exactly the type of squad addition manager Mikel Arteta could have utilised.

This is a blow for the Spaniard.

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