Emery ready to blow £35m of Arsenal’s budget on PSG defender

Date published: Friday 21st June 2019 2:32

Presnel Kimpembe PSG

Unai Emery wants to bring Paris Saint-German defender Presnel Kimpembe to Arsenal this summer, according to reports.

Sampdoria’s Danish defender Joachim Andersen and Saint-Etienne starlet William Saliba have also been linked with Arsenal as a centre-back features at the top of Emery’s list this summer.

However, Le 10 Sport reports that Emery wants a reunion with the World Cup winner this summer, having previously coached him during his stint in charge in Paris.

The French champions are said to be looking to offload Kimpembe after a difficult campaign, while they need to make room for the potential arrival of Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is reportedly concerned about the centre-back’s declining performances, particularly in the Champions League defeat to Manchester United, as well as his behaviour off the pitch.

The French giants value the 23-year-old in excess of £35million, although that would blow most of Emery’s reported £45m transfer budget this summer.

Arsenal are also after a replacement midfielder for Aaron Ramsey and a new left-back, with Celtic’s Kieran Tierney a major option.

 

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