Update on Arsenal’s move for Christopher Nkunku as AC Milan join chase

French-based journalist Matt Spiro has this afternoon provided an update on Arsenal’s proposed move for Christopher Nkunku, amid claims that AC Milan have joined the race for the PSG starlet.

PSG prodigy

Nkunku, a 21-year-old midfielder, came up through the youth ranks of PSG, before breaking into the club’s first-team setup in 2015.

And the French U21-international has since gone on to rack up a none-too-shabby 46 Ligue 1 appearances, notching 6 goals in the process.

To this point in the current campaign, meanwhile, Nkunku has been handed 6 league starts by Thomas Tuchel.

However, despite being highly-regarded at the Parc des Princes, question marks have been raised regarding whether the youngster will eventually develop into the type of top-class midfielder that PSG require in their pursuit of European glory.

As such, with Nkunku already sitting behind the likes of Marco Verratti and Julian Draxler in the pecking order in Paris, and Leandro Paredes having joined the capital giants from Zenit St. Petersburg last week, Nkunku has been linked with a potential PSG departure of late.

Arsenal links

To this point, the club most persistently-touted as a potential destination for the gifted midfielder have been Premier League outfit Arsenal.

The Gunners are known to be on the lookout for January reinforcements in the middle of the park, having secured a deal for Barcelona’s Denis Suarez earlier today, and been linked with Everton’s Idrissa Gueye:

‘Does not look good’

As such, Nkunku’s agent. Jose-Pierre Fanfan, was drawn on the links between his client and Arsenal during an interview with Canal+ last night.

The Frenchman, though, was pessimistic regarding the chances of a deal being struck before tonight’s transfer deadline:

‘I am here (in the studio) tonight, which is not a good sign. There is a real interest from Arsenal for Nkunku. But the discussions are quite complicated. There are restrictions from Arsenal’s side. They cannot do a (permanent) transfer in the middle of the season.’

‘It is still being discussed with PSG. Things could still happen in the next 48 hours, but as I said, the fact that I am here means that it does not look good.’

Christopher Nkunku

Christopher Nkunku celebrates during the International Champions Cup match between Paris Saint Germain and Club de Atletico Madrid

‘His situation will be evaluated in June. Then he will have just 1 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.’

‘Still hoping’

And, as per the aforementioned update from Matt Spiro this evening, though Nkunku himself is keen on a move to the Emirates, Arsenal and PSG remain some distance apart on actually agreeing a deal:

Milan join the hunt

In addition, Arsenal are not the only club keen on a deadline-day swoop for Nkunku, with reports in Italy over the course of the day having confirmed the interest of AC Milan in the starlet’s signature.

As per MilanNews.it and Tuttosport, the Rossoneri are ‘following Nkunku closely’, with the club’s sporting director, Leonardo, having received ‘excellent reports’ on the midfielder.

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