Transfer Shorts (09/08/2016)

Arsenal are to step up their hunt for Valencia’s German centre back Shkodran Mustafi, according to BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein.

The injury sustained by Gabriel Paulista in Arsenal’s 3-2 win versus Manchester City last Sunday is to keep the Brazilian out for up to eight weeks, meaning he now joins Per Mertesacker on the injury list and leaves Laurent Koscielny and Calum Chambers as the only senior centre backs available.

Reportedly valued at £40 million by ‘Los Che’, the Gunners will now look to make a bid for the Germany international and bolster their depleted defence.

On the opposite end of the deal are Valencia, currently under pressure by UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules to sell and balance the books, just as they did with André Gomes’ initial £29.3 million transfer to Barcelona this summer.

The La Liga team have even identified Mustafi’s replacement, the Evening Standard reports, as they make a move for Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala, currently out-of-favour following John Stones’ transfer to the Etihad for £47.5 million.

Mangala’s agent, Jorge Mendes, holds strong ties with the Spanish club hoping to land the former FC Porto centre back on loan, whereas ex-Valencia defender Raúl Albiol, currently at Napoli, has also been linked with a comeback in days gone by.

Olympique Lyonnais are set increase their efforts to keep Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette by offering the French striker a new contract, the Evening Standard reports.

Lacazette

With rumours of a move to north London following the 25-year-old closely in the current window, Lyon are prepared to offer Lacazette the biggest contract in their club’s history just 12 months after he inked a four-year-deal.

Lyon confirmed last month that they had received a bid for Lacazette from Arsenal this summer; a £29 million offer that was promptly pushed back by the Ligue 1 club.

Following the £21 million sale of Samuel Umtiti to Barcelona, it would appear Lyon are under no evident pressure to sell Lacazette and will even utilise some of that cash to make the French striker the highest-paid player in the club’s history, topping the £6.5m-a-year earned by Yoann Gourcuff before his departure in 2015.

Arsenal have stepped back in their pursuit of Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez after being quoted €50 millions plus add-ons by the Premier League champions.

Mahrez

According to Eurosport France, Mahrez wants to join Arsenal this summer, rather than extending his contract like Jamie Vardy did in June.

The Gunners, however, have failed to return with a bid after Leicester valued the 2016 PFA Player of the Year at €50 million, initially.

Mahrez, reportedly, doesn’t want to commit to a new deal, but, much like Lacazette at Lyon, the Algerian winger is also unwilling to force his way out of the club as a sign of gratitude, meanwhile Leicester remain firm with their price tag.

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Patrick Ribeiro

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