Reported Arsenal target PSG midfielder Christopher Nkunku has turned down a contract extension in the French capital, according to the Daily Mirror.
The highly-rated central midfielder has been linked with a move to the north London club since the summer arrival of Unai Emery as Gunners boss. The Spanish coach gave the youngster his big chance in the PSG team when the pair were together in Paris.
Nkunku’s contract with PSG expires in 2020 and if he refuses to sign a new deal with the Parisian club, he will move on elsewhere this summer. The midfielder is reportedly unhappy with his playing time at PSG under German boss Thomas Tuchel.
According to reports from the French media, Arsenal have already made a bid of around £30million for the young midfielder.
A prospective replacement for Aaron Ramsey
Nkunku would likely join as a replacement for Juventus-bound midfielder Aaron Ramsey. The Wales midfielder has actually shined in recent months, which will only add to the frustration of his exit.
The youngster is not the same sort of player as the Wales international. However, he would add to Unai Emery’s central midfield options at least and provide competition for places in the middle of the park.
A big slice of the transfer budget
As we all know it seems the Gunners are unlikely to have a massive transfer budget this summer. The north London club will obviously spend more money to spend if they manage to book a place in the Champions League for next season.
However, if the budget is anything like last summers, around £50million, then signing the midfielder would prove to be a massive outlet on one player. Nkunku no doubt has promise, but he is still raw and has never played in the Premier League.
With the Gunners in major need of defensive reinforcements this summer, signing the youngster does not seem to be a priority this summer.
One of a million rumours
As always, Arsenal will be linked with moves for so many prospective summer signings. The rumour mill never stops turning and the Gunners are always linked with a move for one player or another.
The link with Nkunku is an understandable one though. He is a central midfielder, who is highly promising and has worked under Emery in the past. However, we will have to wait until the summer to find out if there is any real interest in the French midfielder.
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