Arsenal in pole position to sign €20m-rated Ligue 1 defender

Gunners in advanced talks with PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa. This looks like it could be Arsenal manager’s first major signing since taking over at London club. It might not be the best name for the supporters, but it would be a move that makes a lot of sense.

France international spot has been an issue for a while, Tierney should still go on to prove Kurzawa can be the long term answer, but he’s had a lot of injury issues this campaign. We’ve seen a few footballers play out of position, and Kolasinac will always try hard, but it does look like a weakness in the side.

Layvin had changed his agent as a move to the Emirates looked increasingly likely, but he’s just confirmed that himself. If Kurzawa does sign, it will be fascinating to see how he gets on. He’s played for France 12 times, and he’s been part of some excellent Monaco and PSG, but he’s also played under 200 matches amid being 27.

That’s partly down to injuries and also due to Ligue 1 giants being desperate to add big-name signings whenever they can, but it could make it hard for the fans to be utterly thrilled about his transfer.

At least Kurzawa would fill a problem position, and he does look ready-made for the Premier League he’s athletic and great in the air so should be valuable from set-pieces, but it stays to be seen if he would be the long term answer or more of a rotation option.