Paris Saint-Germain are closing in on the signing of Alessandro Florenzi after failing with a move for Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin.
Thomas Tuchel has made the recruitment of a new right-back a key priority following last month’s Champions League final defeat against Bayern Munich.
Spain international Bellerin had emerged as a leading candidate to fill a problem position for the French champions and Arsenal were said to be reluctantly willing to let the 25-year-old depart given their need to raise funds to boost their own summer transfer kitty.
According to Sky Italy, however, PSG were only willing to initially entertain the idea of a loan agreement for the La Masia graduate who is still striving to recover his best form having recovered from a cruciate knee ligament injury that ruled him out of action for nine months last year.
Cedric Soares was signed on loan by Mikel Arteta in January as back-up for Bellerin and the former Southampton star has now signed a permanent deal, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who now appears more likely to stay than depart, has also proved a more than capable deputy when asked to fill in at wing-back.
Florenzi, 29, meanwhile, is expected to join PSG on a season-long loan and provide cover and competition for Thilo Kehrer.
Arsenal are also said to be in negotiations with the Ligue 1 giants over a potential swap deal featuring Matteo Guendouzi and Julian Draxler.
The France international had fallen out of favour with Arteta following several disciplinary breaches and failed to feature at all following a defeat against Brighton in June where he was involved in an altercation with the Seagulls’ machwinner Neal Maupay.
Guendouzi was allowed to return to first team training earlier this week but speculation surrounding his future remains intense. Lyon were credited with an interest but their sporting director Juninho ruled out the possibility of him signing for last season’s Champions League semi finalists.
He said earlier this week: ‘I get on very well with the Sporting Director (Edu). We spoke on the phone. Houssem Aouar is really well liked by Arteta. There were some discussions for Matteo Guendouzi, who is also a good player.
‘He was brought up during the discussion. But we don’t need his profile, we were very clear. If it is like that, we are not interested at all, we cut the conversation, that is where things ended.’
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