After being linked with a move to London, reports suggest that Argentine winger Ezequiel Lavezzi could sign a new deal at PSG.
Despite enjoying a very impressive end to the season, Argentine winger Ezequiel Lavezzi has been one Paris Saint-Germain player that has been heavily linked with a move away from the French champions this summer. However reports in France this morning reveal that the Arsenal target could be set to sign an extension to his current contract that runs till 2016. The deal could be done within the next fortnight as talks continue through Argentina’s World Cup campaign.
Lavezzi came off the bench with the score 0-0 between Iran and Argentina, he received an official assist for Lionel Messi’s winning strike, although in reality he had very little to do with the execution of the goal.
He has just completed his second season in Paris and although the first 12 months were fairly quiet by the high standards he set at Napoli, he began to flourish under Laurent Blanc and his performances in 2014 have been nothing short of exceptional. His record speaks for itself, with nine of his 11 goals coming since the end of the January break.
Letting Lavezzi go this summer would have been a strange move from Blanc. He finally has the Argentine international playing the best football he has since his move to France. He has turned him into an integral part of the PSG attack and the fast-paced 4-3-3 system that Blanc has brought in suits Lavezzi perfectly.
With all the attention on Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, Lavezzi can often use that mis-direction to his advantage and fly under the radar. This is what helped him turn this season into a success. His style is perfect for PSG, and there is no guarantee any replacement could fill the role as well.
It is easy to see why a club like Arsenal would be interested in Lavezzi’s qualities, especially watching the way that Olivier Giroud has brought the likes of Karim Benzema into the game with France. Having a quick player that is willing to run in behind would be perfect for the Arsenal attack.
There could still be time for Arsene Wenger to try and make a move for Lavezzi, but talks with the French club must be going well, unless the rumours of a new deal are just to speed up potential suitors making a summer move sooner rather than later.