Arsenal have told Paris Saint-Germain that they will not be held to ransom as the Gunners look to sign Layvin Kurzawa, according to a report from the Sunday People (26/1; page 49).
Kurzawa has caught Mikel Arteta’s eye as he looks to bolster his options at left-back. Both Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney have struggled with injury this season, with the latter, in particular, spending the majority of the campaign on the sidelines.
The Sunday People reports that the 27-year-old is out of contract in the summer. And it appears that PSG are open to letting him leave this month.
But it seems that there may be some way to go until a move to the Emirates goes through.
The Sunday People (26/1; page 49) reports that the Ligue 1 champions want £6 million, while the Gunners only want to pay a nominal fee.
It is suggested in the report that Arsenal have informed those at Parc des Princes that they will not pay over the odds for Kurzawa.
TBR View – Haggling over small amount, but Arsenal taking the right stance
Some may question whether Arsenal are making the right decision to not meet PSG’s demands. The difference between the two clubs’ valuations can obviously be no more than £6 million.
But given that he can arrive on a free in the summer, Arsenal’s stance is surely the right one.
Kolasinac has been excellent since Arteta was appointed. Meanwhile, Bukayo Saka has done well considering that he is not naturally a left-back.
Not signing Kurzawa therefore, would really not be the end of the world for the Gunners. He is not playing regularly for Thomas Tuchel’s side, and it is perhaps telling that his contract is expiring.
Perhaps he would prove to be an inspired signing. But Arsenal are surely right to hold off on any move given PSG’s demands.