The Lowdown: Agreement reached
The Gunners have moved quickly on Thursday to reach an agreement with Brighton for Trossard. Romano has been on top of developments and has reported that Arsenal will pay £21m plus £6m in add-ons for the 28-year-old.
The Belgian looks set to become the attacking addition Mikel Arteta has wanted after the club missed out on Mykhailo Mudryk to rivals Chelsea.
The Latest: Romano shares ‘small change’
Romano initially said that Trossard will pen a four-year deal at the Emirates, through to 2027.
However, the transfer expert clarified on Thursday evening that the player will actually sign a contract through to 2026, with a medical scheduled for Friday.
“Understand Leandro Trossard contract with Arsenal will be valid until 2026 and not 2027 — small change from few mins ago. More: medical tests will take place on Friday and official statement will follow.”
The Verdict: Shrewd signing?
Trossard will be 31 by the time his contract in London expires in 2026, so it could turn out to be a wiser move than offering him a deal until 2027.
Of course, Arsenal will have the chance to talk about a possible extension in years to come, should a transfer work out for all parties, and the player will offer immediate Premier League experience, something that Mudryk would not have been able to do.
He’s produced seven goals and three assists in the top flight so far this season and has been described as ‘unreal‘ by Rio Ferdinand, so hopefully for Arsenal, Trossard can hit the ground running in the second half of the season, helping the club continue in their push for the title.