Barcelona defender Maxwell will complete a move to Paris Saint-Germain later today, after the player's agent told The International Business Times he was unaware of late interest from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal's injury concerns in their fullback positions are well-documented and Wenger is widely reported to be looking for cover for the injured Andre Santos and Kieran Gibbs.
The likes of Kieran Richardson, Wayne Bridge and Neil Taylor have all been linked with moves to the Emirates in the last fortnight, but on Wednesday there was a suggestion Arsenal were considering a late foray for the aforementioned Nou Camp star.
Although Arsenal have very recently been associated with an interest in the 30-year-old the left-back's agent, Mino Raiola, told The International Business Times that he had all but concluded a deal for the player to join Paris Saint-Germain, which he expected to be finalised before the end of the day.
In addition to raising doubts over Arsenal's reputed interest in the defender, Raiola intimated the Gunners' were notoriously slow in entering negotiations for possible transfer targets.
"If Arsenal are interested, they are loudly late because I am closing a deal with Maxwell for Paris Saint-Germain now." Raiola told IBTimes UK when asked if there was any truth to rumours of Arsene Wenger's interest in his client.
"That is normally with Arsenal, they are normally always late."
The reputed Arsenal target is half-way through his third season at Barcelona but he has found his passage to the first team compromised by the talismanic presence of Eric Abidal.
Earlier in the day, Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola confirmed the club would not stand in his way following his request to leave the La Liga giants and although Paris Saint-Germain were always the favourites there was speculation Arsenal were also considering a bid for the diminutive fullback.