ARSENAL are “very close” to announcing the signing of PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa on free transfer, Spanish reports say.
The Gunners were interested in signing the 27-year-old in January, before the deal collapsed and they instead brought in right-back Cedric Soares from Southampton on loan.
They claim Arsenal are moving closer to announcing the deal, which would see Mikel Arteta secure his first signing for next season, despite the coronavirus pandemic bringing the current campaign to a halt.
Kurzawa – who has made 23 appearances this season but mainly providing cover for first-choice left-back Juan Bernat – failed to agree an extension with French champions PSG.
His agent Kia Joorabchian was last month reportedly “handling interesting offers” from clubs.
Despite the Gunners tracking Kurzawa, Barcelona were also said to be interested in the defender, as they seek back-up for Spaniard Jordi Alba.
Arsenal forked out £25m for Scottish international Kieran Tierney last summer, but the former Celtic star has suffered an injury ridden season.
The 22-year-old has made just 11 first-team appearances for Arsenal, missing 26 games due to injury, firstly with a hip problem and then a dislocated shoulder.
Tierney was joined by David Luiz in the summer after the centre-back traded Chelsea for rivals Arsenal.
And in the winter window 26-year-old Spanish defender Pablo Mari also made an Emirates switch joining from Flamengo on loan.
Mari has so far played just two matches for Arteta, but the Gunners do have the option to make the move permanent.