Transfer Shorts (08/08/2016)

Valencia centre back Shkodran Mustafi is still being followed by Arsenal in the transfer market, with the Gunners boss Arsène Wenger currently sweating over Gabriel Paulista’s injury.

The Brazilian defender was stretchered off moments before the final whistle of Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Manchester City with an ankle injury, widely expected to be out for a long period of time.

With Per Mertesacker also out for four months, Arsenal’s interest in Mustafi is maintained, according to Plaza Deportivo.

Other defensive options like Aymen Abdennour, Lucas Orbán and Aderlan Santos are likely to be sold by Valencia this summer, meanwhile Los Che eyes moves for ex-player Raúl Albiol and Deportivo de la Coruña’s Sidnei.

Selling Mustafi, however, would go a long way into solving Valencia’s Financial Fair Play issues, with the defender conveying a €30 million price tag.

Arsenal are keeping tabs on RB Leipzig defender Lukas Klostermann, according to German publication Bild.


As translated by Sport Witness, Bild believe Arsenal are keen on the versatile defender, who are likely to compete with rivals Tottenham Hotspur for his services.

Spurs have scouted Klostermann already, but Bild believe Arsenal are already coming into contact with the German’s representatives.

20-year-old Klostermann, currently representing Germany in the 2016 Olympics, is naturally a right back but can also play across the entire back line.

The utility man played 30 league games last season en route to RB Leipzig’s promotion to the Bundesliga, scoring once and assisting four goals.

Arsenal are ready to offer £29.7 million plus Olivier Giroud to land Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, Gazzetta dello Sport believes.


With Inter keen to keep their captain, the Italian paper believes Arsenal’s interest is strong, as they once again come into contact with Icardi’s agent, Wanda Nara.

The Gunners hope to tempt the Serie A club with Giroud, much like they did when attempting to land Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli.

Napoli are also still in the race, but their €60 million offer appears to have been resisted by Inter.

Patrick Ribeiro

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