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Arsenal set to do battle with Barcelona for PSG defender

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Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa.

However, the Gunners will face competition from Barcelona for the left-back’s signature.

Sport claims the 27-year-old will leave on a free when his contract at PSG expires at the end of June, leaving the door open for both clubs interested.

Kurzawa has been at PSG since 2015 after moving there from Monaco and has made a total of 123 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit to date. The Frenchman has since won three Ligue 1 titles, three French cups, three League cups and four Champions trophies.

However, his time in the French capital looks to be up with no contract extension on the horizon, and Mikel Arteta is keen to lure him to the Emirates.

Although Arsenal do have a few options in the left-back department, Kieran Tierney has been plagued with injuries this season, while Sead Kolasinac has struggled for consistency and injuries as well. As a result, Bukayo Saka has had to fill in the full-back position for most of the current campaign.

Bringing in Kurzawa on a free this summer would be an ideal solution as he would add more depth in the proposed area of the squad and can also play as a centre-back if need be. His inclusion would also allow Saka to play further up the field where he has proven to be most effective.

But the Gunners will have to fight off competition from Barcelona as they seek cover for Jordi Alba.

Although they signed Junior Firpo last summer from Real Betis, the Spaniard has failed to make an impact at the Nou Camp.

Liverpool are also said to be interested in Kurzawa as they look to sign a back-up for Andy Robertson. However, this may not appeal to Kurzawa who would want to feature regularly should he leave PSG this summer.

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