Layvin Kurzawa becomes first summer signing for Arsenal

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Fabian Delph, Ashley Young, Andy Robertson, Ben Davies. When we consider the sex appeal of the left-backs who have qualified for the Champions League this season, it’s not hard to see why exciting left-sided full-backs are very much in demand right now. And they don’t come much more exciting than Ryan Sessegnon and Layvin Kurzawa.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Kurzawa is reportedly wanted by one of the teams in the top four and two that wish they were. The Mirror – via RMC Sport, the French website from which it currently appears to steals roughly 30 percent of its stories – says Arsenal have “joined” Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to sign the French/Guadeloupean/Polish 25-year-old this summer.

The same paper says United, Manchester City and Tottenham have “been joined” by PSG in the race to sign Fulham’s teenage sensation Sessegnon. Presumably the French champions will only want Sessegnon if they sell Kurzawa, and presumably Sessegnon is more likely to leave Fulham if they don’t get promoted.

And presumably, Arsenal’s transfer targets will depend on who becomes their next manager – a decision which the Telegraph says is edging closer after the Gunners “whittled down” their shortlist of possible Arsene Wenger replacements.

Among the men still standing are Max Allegri, Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta, along with Leonardo Jardim and Julian Nagelsmann. But other names are conspicuous by their absence from the Telegraph story, such as Luis Enrique, Carlo Ancelotti and Alan Pardew.

Sam Allardyce isn’t mentioned either, which is unfortunate because the Sun says he will be sacked within the week. Everton “bigwigs” are apparently discussing Big Sam’s future amid speculation among Toffees players that former Watford boss Marco Silva is set to be offered the job.

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