Transfer Shorts (22/08/2016)

West Bromwich Albion will ask for no less than £25 million in exchange for Jonny Evans, the Daily Telegraph believes, as rumours of a move to Arsenal continue to circulate.

Evans is just one of the names associated with a move to the Gunners as an alternative for Valencia’s Skhodran Mustafi, with negotiations with the Spanish club currently locked at determining the player’s price.

Arsenal don’t seem to be having much luck domestically either, with West Brom preferably wanting a fee in the region of £30 million for Evans, as per the Telegraph.

The Baggies manager Tony Pulis had entertained the thought of the ex-Manchester United centre back’s sale with comments made last week, as they bring in Everton defender Brendan Galloway in on a season-long loan.

Regarding the speculation attached to the Northern Irishman, Pulis stated: “You don’t want to lose your best players, but in football that sometimes happens.”

Valencia are rumoured to want €50 million for Arsenal target Shkodran Mustafi, according to Sky Sports’ La Liga expert Guillem Balague, with the German defender staying with the Spanish club as things stand.


As the clock ticks on, Balague’s belief is that Los Che will aim to keep Mustafi due to there being little time left in the transfer window to find an adequate replacement, despite the club’s reported Financial Fair Play issues.

Balague also claims that the only way for Arsenal to land the signing of Mustafi, who was benched alongside Barcelona target Diego Alves in Valencia’s first league game versus Las Palmas, is to activate his €50 million (£43 million) release clause.

Meanwhile Valencia look to play hardball, a hopeful looking Arsène Wenger admitted last weekend that negotiations between both clubs were still ongoing.

Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry has attracted interest from a number of Bundesliga clubs, as rumours concerning a loan deal for the 21-year-old looms.


Gnabry starred for the German national team in the 2016 Rio Olympics, scoring six goals in five games throughout the tournament and catching the attention of various clubs, according to Allgemeine-Zeitung (via the Daily Express).

Mainz headline the clubs interested in taking silver medalist on loan, who will be without the likes of Jhon Cordoba and Jairo Samperio through injury.

The Sun add that Hertha Berlin also want Gnabry, whereas German paper Kicker bring newly-promoted Bundesliga side RB Leipzig into the equation.

In the meantime, Wenger has insisted he wishes to keep Gnabry, as he aims to extend the winger’s current contract.

Patrick Ribeiro

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