According to a report from The Sun, Arsenal have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa.
The left-back is out of favour at the French capital and his contract is up in the summer. The report claims that the Gunners initially wanted to sign him in the summer for free but due to injuries to Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney, Mikel Arteta wants to bring him in this month.
Arsenal are set to be lining up a £6 million bid for Kurzawa and the report claims that the Frenchman was first recommended by former boss Unai Emery. Emery knew Kurzawa very well during his time at PSG and Arsenal have continued to monitor his situation.
A move for a left-back in this window makes a lot of sense but is Kurzawa the right option? The Frenchman will be on high wages and he is no stranger to injury troubles himself.
Kurzawa has missed 43 games for PSG since joining them back in 2015. His performances as compared to when he was at Monaco have gone downhill and the chances of him becoming the third-choice at Arsenal when everybody is fit is high.
Arsenal can cope without a new left-back:
Kolasinac is expected to return to action soon while Bukayo Saka has done reasonably well in that position. Tierney will be back in March too which lowers the long-term need for a left-back unless someone leaves this month.
Hector Bellerin’s return will also allow Ainsley Maitland-Niles to play on the opposite side where he has excelled before. Players playing out of position is never ideal but Arsenal can cope without a new left-back this month.
The Gunners should use the same money to look at options elsewhere. Calum Chambers’ injury, Dinos Mavropanos going out on loan and Shkodran Mustafi possibly leaving will limit the options in central defence.
A centre-half is a necessity and if Arteta has to give up on Kurzawa for that, so be it.