Arsenal transfer target Christopher Nkunku reportedly rejects new Paris Saint-Germain contract
Arsenal transfer target Christopher Nkunku has rejected a new Paris Saint-Germain contract, according to reports.
The 21-year-old has started just 12 league games for the French champions this season, and is behind Marco Verratti, Leandro Paredes and Julian Draxler in the midfield pecking order.
His deal runs out next summer, which means the club could cash in on him before the start of the 2019/20 campaign rather than risk losing him for free at the end of that season.
French outlet Le Parisien claim Nkunku, a product of PSG’s academy, has turned down a contract extension.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is believed to be keen on the midfielder, who could replace Juventus-bound ace Aaron Ramsey at the Emirates.
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Nkunku, who played under ex-PSG boss Emery for two years from 2016, is rated at £30million, but the Gunners could try to sign him for less as he enters the final year of his contract.
In January, Nkunku’s agent, Jose-Karl Pierre-Fanfan, confirmed Arsenal’s interest in the player.
He said: “There is a real interest from Arsenal for Nkunku, but the discussions are quite complicated.
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“There are restrictions from Arsenal’s side, they cannot do a transfer in the middle of the season.
“His situation will be evaluated in June, then he will have just one year left on his contract, and his situation will need to be evaluated.
“He is a young boy, who needs to play, enjoy himself, and to sign up for a project for the long-term, that is what he is looking for, and he was in that phase with Arsenal but it looks complicated. If we have to wait, then he is ready to do that, he will wait.”
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