DC United fire furious warning at Arsenal over Andy Najar pursuit
Najar is said to be have been invited for trials at Arsenal later this year.
But Payne told the Washington Post: "They can talk to him if they would like to get sued. But I don't think it will come to that because Ivan Gazidis [the former MLS deputy commissioner who is now Arsenal's chief executive] is a gentleman.
"We have no intention to have Andy Najar come to Arsenal for a trial. He's under contract and if anybody tries to talk to him, we are prepared to file a lawsuit. This is America. It's American contract law that applies here. Local law prevails. We have not been contacted. I am quite confident that if Arsenal wanted to talk to us about Andy Najar, Ivan would call me. This kid is very, very special."