Transfer Shorts (18/08/2016)

Valencia are ready to begin offering Arsenal target Shkodran Mustafi out to other Premier League clubs, as claimed by Marca.

The Spanish club are hoping to resolve their shortcomings with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations this summer, with the potential sales of Mustafi and his team mate, Aymen Abdennour, going a long way into helping their cause.

With the Mustafi to Arsenal deal reportedly on hold, meanwhile Everton appear to be just as reluctant to snap Abdennour up, Marca believe Valencia will field calls to other Premier League clubs to offer the Germany international to them.

Following Abdennour’s poor campaign last season, Mustafi seems the likeliest to rake in a higher income for Los Che, hence why Marca claim the ex-Everton and Sampdoria man will be the one who’s placed on the market.

Mustafi has, however, returned to first team training after spending the past couple of weeks nursing an injury and rebuilding his fitness, according to the La Liga club.

Arsenal are interested in signing AS Monaco defender Marcel Tisserand, France Football claims, although a move for the 23-year-old appears to be unlikely.


Tisserand, who was loaned out to Ligue 1 club Toulouse last season, is said to be unhappy at the lack of first-team opportunities given to him by Monaco, as he now seeks to leave the Principality.

The Congolese centre back, who can also play right back, has now attracted interest from Arsenal, with the Gunners reported as already holding talks with the player’s representatives via intermediaries.

Arsenal see Tisserand as back-up, however, which doesn’t match the defender’s apparent desires for first team football.

The Monaco man is already in advanced talks with Saint Etienne, whereas France Football also believes that Hoffenheim’s Fabian Schär is being eyed up by the Gunners as an alternative to Shkodran Mustafi.

Atlético Madrid centre back José Giménez has attracted Arsenal’s interest, according to Marca, with the defender’s situation in the Spanish capital thought to be a little uncomfortable.


Giménez was a mainstay in a Diego Simeone side that conceded just 18 league goals all season, the fewest in La Liga, but the Uruguayan then went on to miss out on Atlético’s Champions League final duel versus Real Madrid last May.

Simeone opted for ex-Manchester City man Stefan Savić that day, with Giménez left upset, in the words of Marca, after the apparent snub by his manager.

The Spanish paper now believes Arsenal holds a serious interest in the defender, although the Madrid-based club are almost guaranteed to ask for the Uruguayan’s €65 million release clause to be paid in exchange for his services.

Patrick Ribeiro

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