Leandro Trossard close to finalising Arsenal move as Brighton manager refuses to apologise

Leandro Trossard has emerged as Arsenal's primary target as Mikel Arteta attempts to strengthen his team after they were unable to secure Mykhaylo Mudryk.

Leandro Trossard, who plays for Brighton, has reportedly reached a personal agreement with Arsenal as the Belgian moves closer to leaving the Seagulls.

The 28-year-old Trossard has been a standout for Brighton this season, scoring seven goals as they advanced in the race for European qualification spots. 

His relationship with his manager, Roberto De Zerbi, has soured since the World Cup, and the Italian has suspended him from practise.

For a reported £15 million transfer fee, Trossard moved from Genk to Brighton in the summer of 2019. 

Since then, he has made 116 Premier League appearances, totaling 25 goals and 13 assists.

He also represented Belgium at the World Cup in Qatar.

But since the beginning of the year, he hasn’t played for his club because of his dispute with De Zerbi.

Last week, when the Belgian’s agent issued a statement in which he vehemently criticised the Brighton manager, the hostilities between De Zerbi and Trossard broke out in the open.

According to rumours that surfaced on Thursday, the 28-year-old has already reached a personal agreement with the Gunners. 

The Premier League’s top team and Brighton have begun negotiations, which are reportedly at an advanced level.

In recent days, De Zerbi has attacked Trossard and his agent, making it evident that he is willing to sell the attacker. 

Trossard’s recent performances were criticised by Brighton’s manager, who stated he would not retract his decision to expel him.

“Nothing serious happened with Trossard. But recently, he didn’t give 100 per cent in training and on matchday, that’s it on my side. Football deserves respect. I don’t have to apologise for anything,” De Zerbi told Italian outlet La Repubblica.

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