Transfer Shorts (20/08/2016)

Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has opened up about his interest in Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, revealing that he hopes to get a deal done soon.

The Gunners’ defence has been left depleted by Per Mertesacker’s and Gabriel Paulista’s injuries in pre-season, with Laurent Koscielny being forced back into action against Leicester City in the Premier League after Arsenal conceded four goals versus Liverpool last week.

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Wenger spoke to French outlet SFR Sport following their 0-0 draw away to Leicester, outlining his hopes for the remaining days of the transfer market, meanwhile also addressing Arsenal’s perceived lack of activity.

When questioned about the Mustafi deal, the Arsenal boss said, “We hope it will be done. We are struggling to find the players we need.

“You must spend money on excellent players. We are struggling to find them. He [Mustafi] is one of a number of players we’re looking at. Negotiations are ongoing.”

According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Mirror Sport), Arsenal have finally made their move to sign Mustafi by offering Valencia £25.8 million.

For more Wenger quotes, check Get French Football News’ Twitter timeline.

The likelihood of Arsenal landing Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette has been dampened once again following comments made by the player himself.

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Rumours regarding the Gunners’ interest has followed Lacazette throughout most of the summer, with the player himself revealing he’d like to accept certain offers that come his way just last week.

However, the striker has affirmed that he believes he will now stay at Lyon this season when speaking to Canal+.

“Concerning my personal situation, I do not think there will be a departure from Lyon,” said Lacazette. “Everything is going very well, here.”

“I would like to pass the bar of 100 goals in all competitions. I would like to do that at Parc OL (Lyon’s new stadium).”

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is on the verge of joining Liga NOS club Sporting on a one-year-loan, according to widespread reports in Portugal.

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The Costa Rica international, who’s been loaned out four times before during his Arsenal career, has found his path to the first team complicated further by the emergence of Alex Iwobi and the eventual return from injury from various other wide options.

Sporting’s interest in Campbell dates back to the 2014/15 season, with current boss Jorge Jesus, then manager of rivals Benfica, also being associated with a move for the Arsenal man 24 months ago.

The Portuguese giants could now land the signing of Campbell, with all three national sports papers claiming that the 24-year-old is in Lisbon to complete a medical.

Despite more or less confirming the existence of a deal between both clubs, Jesus remained coy on Campbell’s confirmation following their 1-0 win against Paços de Ferreira tonight, citing the club’s recent history with failed medicals, such as that of Real Madrid’s Lucas Silva and ex-A.C. Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Patrick Ribeiro

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