Transfer Shorts (28/07/16)

Arsenal are in talks with Valencia over a summer transfer for German defender Shkodran Mustafi, Sky Germany claim.

The Gunners are in search of a new centre back following Per Mertesacker’s latest knee injury, keeping the 31-year-old out for at least five months.

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Sky Germany state that no offer has been made yet from Arsenal’s part, but talks have begun between both parties as Mustafi returned to Valencia for pre-season training.

It is understood that Valencia will be looking for a £25.3 million fee plus £8.4 million in add-ons, with Mustafi’s agent expected to fly into Spain in the coming days for further talks.

Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger confirmed yesterday that the club were looking for an “experienced” defender in response to Mertesacker’s injury.

24-year-old Mustafi, who came through Everton’s academy but failed to make a single appearance for the Toffees, has played 60 times for Valencia in La Liga and has 12 international caps to his name.

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Juventus striker Mario Mandžukić is attracting interest from Arsenal and West Ham United, Gazzetta dello Sport has revealed.

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The Serie A champions brushed Arsenal aside in the race to sign Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain for £78 million, subsequently pushing Mandžukić down their pecking order.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Arsenal will look to take advantage of Mandžukić’s current situation, meanwhile West Ham also appear to be in the picture.

The 30-year-old Croatian striker forged a successful partnership alongside Paulo Dybala last season, pushing Álvaro Morata onto the substitutes’ bench and scoring 13 goals in 36 appearances.

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The future of Real Madrid winger and Arsenal target Jesé Rodríguez remains uncertain following comments made by his manager Zinedine Zidane.

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Jesé, sporadically linked with a move to Arsenal, among other Premier League clubs, is reportedly frustrated with the lack of game time he received last season for ‘Los Merengues’.

With the UEFA Champions League holders recently adding Álvaro Morata to an attack of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Lucas Vázquez, Jesé appears ready to call an end to his days in the Spanish capital.

Zidane did little to allay fears of the forward’s exit following there 3-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, stating, “If he wants to leave to play more, I don’t know.

“It’s our first game. He’s here, he played. Everyone’s here, that’s all I can say now.”

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Patrick Ribeiro

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