Transfer Shorts (14/08/2016)

Arsenal are to sign Valencia’s centre back Shkodran Mustafi by next week, according to Sky Germany, with the defender’s heart set on a switch to the Emirates Stadium.

As Sky Sports News journalist Kaveh Solhekol confirms on Twitter that the Germany international wants to join the Gunners, Sky Germany have gone one further by insisting a deal will be struck and completed soon.

Mustafi is thought to have already agreed to sign a five-year-deal with Arsenal, meanwhile he awaits for permission from Valencia to undertake a medical sometime next week.

The ex-Everton and Sampdoria man will reportedly cost £28 million, as UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations loom over the Mestalla.

Plaza Deportiva, a Spanish publication based in Valencia, also reported yesterday that the club’s owner, Peter Lim, had flown to London during the weekend in order to close the deal with Arsenal, whereas he also looks to offload Aymen Abdennour to Everton, reportedly.

Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette has opened up room for further speculation regarding a move to Arsenal, following comments made after his club’s 3-0 away win over Nancy this afternoon.

The Frenchman, who was a doubt for today’s clash, scored all three goals for Lyon and later spoke about the interest reportedly being shown in him after game.

In response, Lacazette said: “If offers come in that one cannot refuse, I don’t want to refuse them. If not, I am happy at Lyon.”

A reporter from Canal+ then asked if any offers had been made, to which the 25-year-old simply replied: “Ask the president.”

Lyon’s wish to keep Lacazette had been made public numerous times, with the French outfit now looking to award the striker with a new contract that would make him the best-paid player in the club’s history.

Arsenal are interested in signing Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon, according to the Sun, who also has Liverpool and north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur ready to battle it out for his services.


At 16 years of age, Sessegnon has been regarded as ‘the next Gareth Bale’ and now attracts the interest of Premier League clubs, despite appearing just once for the Cottagers.

Sessegnon made his professional debut earlier this week, as Fulham defeated Leyton Orient away in the newly-named English Football League Cup.

The England Under-16 captain is valued at £3 million, as per the Sun, but Tottenham are reportedly the most likely to land the full back after guaranteeing him a role in their first team.

Patrick Ribeiro

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