Transfer Shorts (30/07/16)

Arsenal will turn to West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans to cover for the injured Per Mertesacker in a £15 million move, according to the Daily Mirror.

Mertesacker is expected to be out for four-to-five months and Wenger has already stated his desire to make up for the German’s injury by landing a new centre back this summer.

After rumours linking the Gunners with Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi, Arsenal are also keeping their eye on the former Manchester United defender, who joined Tony Pulis’ side for £8 million last summer.

The Northern Ireland international impressed at the Hawthorns after testing times in his final years at Old Trafford, now thought to be worth £15 million.

The 28-year-old, who appeared 34 times in the Premier League for the Baggies last season, also emerges as a target for Bournemouth.

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Valencia defender and Arsenal target Shkodran Mustafi is to arrive in London on Sunday for talks with the Gunners, according to reports in Spain.


The likes of Marca and co. have linked Mustafi to the north London club following Per Mertesacker’s knee injury, with the defender now set to meet up with Arsenal’s representatives.

Valencia are conveniently based in London for pre-season training and Mustafi, who is expected to train alone once reunited with his current club, will use the opportunity to commence talks.

Conflicting reports over the player’s price have emerged in both Spain and Germany, with Valencia Extra claiming Mustafi will cost €25 million plus add-ons, whereas Sky Germany place that figure closer to €30 million plus add-ons.

Neither figure appears to be a problem for Arsenal, Marca claim, as Arsène Wenger stated once again his desire to bolster both the Gunners’ defence and attack this summer.

Valencia are believed to be ready to sell the German in order to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has stated Riyad Mahrez will remain at the club amid talks of a move to Arsenal.


The Gunners were reported to be ready to launch a £37 million bid for the 2016 PFA Player of the Year, with Leicester countering the move by offering Mahrez a new contract worth £100,000-a-week.

The new deal should bring Mahrez shoulder-to-shoulder with Jamie Vardy on wages, seeing the winger snub Arsenal in similar vain to the way the English striker did this time last month.

In response to queries regarding Mahrez’s future, Ranieri stated: “Riyad will stay with us. He is very happy. I see him every day and he has never talked to me about anything strange.

“I am confident about him. This comes from experience. Champions have a lot of rumours and speculation about them, and you have to be focused on your job. The speculation is not real.”

Mahrez, who scored 17 and assisted 10 goals in the Premier League last season, has also been linked to Barcelona and Chelsea.

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Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette is keen to join Arsenal, according to the Telegraph, despite being offered a new deal by the Ligue 1 club.


The Gunners have already had a £29 million bid for the French striker rejected and will have to increase that offer to at least £42 million, reportedly, if they are to have any chance of agreeing terms with Lyon.

Arsenal are expected to bid £35 million for Lacazette, the Telegraph state, but, logically, Lyon are more than likely to snub such an offer.

The French club’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas, confirmed recently that no further approach had been made from Arsenal, claiming: “they [Arsenal] will not come back, no one will leave Lyon”.

Despite Lacazette’s hopes to star in the Premier League, the 25-year-old striker is thought to be rather accepting of Lyon’s wishes to keep him at the club.

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Patrick Ribeiro

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