Leandro Trossard, a Belgian international, will join Arsenal from Brighton for a reported £21 million plus add-ons.
According to Trossard’s agent, the 28-year-old attacker wanted to quit the Seagulls after having a disagreement with manager Roberto de Zerbi.
Arsenal, who are currently in first place in the league, made the move after Chelsea won the contract of Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk.
In 16 games this season in the top tier, Trossard has seven goals and three assists for Brighton.
He had three goals in a 3-3 tie against Liverpool in October, but De Zerbi benched him for the 3-0 victory over the Reds on January 14 when he left practice early without authorization.
Josy Comhair, the agent of Trossard, who moved to Brighton from Genk in 2019 in Belgium, stated that his client had a calf injury but added that a January transfer would be “good for both parties.”
After 18 games, the Gunners lead the Premier League by eight points.
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Arsenal fined £40,000.
Arsenal was also fined £40,000 for failing to guarantee that its players behaved properly during the 3-0 FA Cup victory against Oxford United on January 12.
It pertains to a moment in the third-round match when, after being denied a penalty for a handball against United’s Elliott Moore, numerous Arsenal players complained to referee David Coote.
An independent Regulatory Commission has sustained the charge, despite the Gunners’ denials and requests for a hearing.
The commission’s “formal reasons for these rulings will be released in due course,” according to an FA representative.