Paris Saint Germain have had a €18m bid turned down for Monaco’s French sensation Layvin Kurzawa, according to Le Parisien and L’Equipe.
Kurzawa is believed to be a target for Manchester United and Arsenal according to The Express and French magazine le10sport, whilst RMC have reported that Chelsea are joining the race for the impressive defender despite recently adding Abdul Baba Rahman from Augsburg.
Per L'Equipe & Le Parisien, PSG have had an €18m bid for Monaco's Layvin Kurzawa rejected. ASM value player at €20m-€25m, talks continuing.
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 20, 2015
Reports in France suggested in May that the 22-year-old wished to find another club after the left-back impressed many in his debut season in Ligue 1, making thirty-four appearances as well as playing for his country for the first time.
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 24, 2014
With Luke Shaw now fit and starting at Old Trafford, it seems unlikely that Louis van Gaal will continue his earlier interest in the player.
However, at Arsenal, Nacho Monreal currently holds the left-back position after Kieran Gibbs has struggled to break back into the team after injuries.
Arsene Wenger has a particular eye for French talent, having signed the likes of Robert Pires and Olivier Giroud from his homeland, and could see Kurzawa as a player who could play in Arsenal colours for years on end.
However, it seems the London club will have stiff competition from the French champions for Kurzawa’s signature, and with Monaco reportedly demanding £18m for his services, Wenger may think twice about the addition with two left-backs already at the club.
Meanwhile, Metro have piled on to the rumours of Kurzawa going to Stamford Bridge.
“With news emerging today that Cesar Azpilicueta could move to right-back after a poor run of form from Branislav Ivanovic, it may be that Jose Mourinho wants Kurzawa to fight with new signing [Baba] Rahman for the left-back slot.”
If you are not a follower of French football, or are unfamiliar with Layvin Kurzawa, perhaps this very memorable salute from nine months ago will jog your memory..
With Lucas Digne facing an uncertain future, Laurent Blanc’s Paris side will be needing a left-back for the future too, with Maxwell the only other player in Digne’s position.
Who will win the race for the French prodigy?