Transfer Shorts (11/08/2016)

Arsenal could sign Shkodran Mustafi for £30 million in the next 48 hours, the Daily Mail claims, with an agreement between both parties thought to be a formality.

The German defender is believed to have agreed terms with the Gunners, signing a five-year-deal on £75,000-a-week and now waiting for the green light to be given ahead of a medical.

Such developments follow on from the Guardian’s report that Arsenal and Valencia were indeed in talks over the centre back’s transfer, despite the deal not being close.

Quotes originating from Ali Bulut, thought to be the player’s agent by numerous sources, today confirmed that the defender had agreed a deal in principle to join Arsenal, although the Gunners were yet to make an official bid for the player.

Bulut, however, isn’t believed to be Mustafi’s agent, with neither club recognising his role in the deal and Valencia citing the defender’s father, Kujtim Mustafi, as his rightful representative.

Mustafi now emerges as Arsenal’s primary target, who are currently without defenders Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista for lengthy periods of the new season.

Valencia are thought to value the Germany international at just north of €30 million, despite a €50 million release clause, and are currently under pressure to adhere to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has once again dismissed the speculation surrounding Arsenal target Riyad Mahrez, as his team gears up for their Premier League opener versus Hull City on Saturday.

Mahrez

Mahrez has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the last 24 hours, but the Foxes’ Italian boss has denied any movement on that front, subsequently reiterating that the Algerian will stay with the Premier League champions.

“Never has Riyad come to me and said ‘coach, I want to go,’ because I’ll kill him before he tells me this,” Ranieri joked. “Riyad will stay with us.”

However, when asked if he was convinced Mahrez would stay, Ranieri said “Yes, but sometimes a manager says one thing and does another thing.”

Ranieri’s comments come after reports in France, more prominently from L’Equipe, claimed Arsenal had made an offer worth €41 million for the Algerian winger, with Mahrez keen on a move.

Whereas before the PFA Player of the Year had been rather accepting of the fact Leicester didn’t want to let him go, the same report claimed Mahrez was now ready to force his way out of the club, having already rejected an improved deal to stay with the Foxes.

RB Leipzig have not recieved any offers for versatile defender Lukas Klostermann, amid rumours of Arsenal’s interest in the German press earlier this week.

Klostermann

According to Ralf Rangnick, the sporting director of the newly-promoted Bundesliga side, the Gunners are yet to come into contact with them regarding the 20-year-old, currently representing Germany at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Bild claimed Arsenal had initated conversations, but Rangnick has now told Kicker “there is no association [with Arsenal], as has been reported.”

“We will definitely not be selling Lukas,” he continued, with RB Leipzig now set to offer the right back a new deal upon his return from international duty.

Patrick Ribeiro

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