Transfer Shorts (16/08/2016)

Villarreal’s Roberto Soriano, a former team mate of Arsenal target Shkodran Mustafi, may have confirmed the German’s highly-anticipated exit.

Having played alongside Mustafi with Sampdoria in Serie A, Soriano told Marca that he was expecting the Germany international to help him settle into life in southern Spain, before intensifying rumours even further.

“I was hoping Mustafi would help me adapt to life in Spain, and now he goes,” Soriano revealed, having joined neighbouring Villarreal this summer for £12 million.

The Gunners are reportedly holding out for different propositions, after valuing Mustafi at £20 million, as opposed to the £25 million reportedly quoted by the Spanish club.

In the meantime, the German centre back has been training alone, although his club has stated that Mustafi is under a strict program to regain fitness.

Arsenal are eyeing up a move for Southampton captain and Portugal international José Fonte as an alternative to Shkodran Mustafi, according to the Evening Standard.

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Sky Sports reported yesterday that the Gunners were considering making a move for Bayer Leverkusen’s Ömer Toprak, as well as Simon Kjær from Fenerbahçe, as the north Londoners appear reluctant to meet Valencia’s asking price for Mustafi.

Fonte now becomes the latest centre back to be added to that list, whereas Manchester United also appear to be on the Euro 2016 champion’s trail.

The Saints skipper admitted earlier this month that he could be swayed by the interest shown in him in an interview with O Jogo. “It’s obvious that if a world class club that plays in the Champions League shows up, it’s tempting for me,” he said.

In light of the interest shown in the 32-year-old, however, Southampton are reportedly ready to offer Fonte a new contract that would see him match the highest earners at his club.

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