In Focus: Arsenal will need to offer target Lucas Moura guaranteed playing time

According to reports in The Express, Arsenal face competition from Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign £35m-rated Paris Saint-Germain attacker Lucas Moura before the January transfer window slams shut, and are in negotiations over a permanent deal.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Express says that the Gunners initially wanted to bring the out of favour Brazilian to the Emirates on loan, but they are now in talks with PSG over a deal to sign the 25-year-old on a full-time basis.

However, The Express now reports that their local neighbours Spurs have also launched an offer for the forward, who French media outlet L’Equipe report is unhappy with life in the French capital.

Arsenal have already completed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan this month with Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likely to following him to north London if the two clubs can agree a fee for the Gabon international.

How has Lucas Moura done this season?

Despite scoring 19 goals and providing a further 11 assists in 53 appearances in all competitions for PSG during the previous campaign, the Brazil international has six substitute outings in total this term following the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe during the summer.

Even though he has only played a total of 71 minutes across five Ligue 1 matches, the 25-year-old has still scored one and assisted another for the French giants.

Would he be a good signing for Arsenal?

He certainly would be.

If the 25-year-old could rediscover the form he showed last season he would certainly be a worthwhile addition, and the speedy winger would prove to be a constant menace to opposition defenders.

That said, you would have to wonder where he would fit in if the Gunners do get Aubameyang on top of Mkhitaryan, with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi already fighting for the attacking spots.

Will they get him?

It will certainly be interesting to see.

The rumours suggested that Arsenal wanted Bordeaux’s Malcom previously, so if they do want a wide player than Lucas Moura may certainly be a more experienced option, and the Gunners would be confident of landing him ahead of Tottenham provided they can offer him regular playing time.