Transfer Shorts (24/08/2016)

Arsenal are eyeing up a move for Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio, the Daily Telegraph reports, as the Gunners’ search for a new centre back continues.

According to the Telegraph, Arsenal are ready to sound out the Spanish club in the final days of the window, having already evaluated a move for the Argentine earlier this summer, reportedly.

The 25-year-old, despite being rated highly by his club, has suffered extensively at the hand of injuries recently, missing a total of 57 games in the last two years.

He has, however, still attracted interest from A.C. Milan this summer, as the Italians were priced out before the club’s new owners completed their takeover.

AS Roma’s Kostas Manolas is also thought to be on Arsenal’s shortlist, whereas it remains unclear whether the final option, dubbed as the likeliest to join the Gunners before the window’s closure by the Telegraph’s source, is Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi.

AS Monaco’s Marcel Tisserand could cost Arsenal just €5 million, according to Marca (via Sport Witness), as Espanyol prepare to give up on signing the defender.


Reports emerged in France last week that the Gunners’ boss was monitoring Tisserand’s situation, who’s seemingly become available after failing to break through Monaco’s first team.

The 23-year-old, who has spent the last two years out on loan to RC Lens and Toulouse, saw interest from Espanyol appear, but he’s now holding out for a move to Arsenal, reportedly.

With Premier League football standing as the main attraction, Espanyol have, for now, stepped out of the race to sign the versatile defender.

Arsenal are to loan out one of their central defenders in the event of another arriving during this window, Sky Sports journalist David Jones claims.

Links to Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi have dominated Arsenal’s transfer front in the last month, and meanwhile the deal itself appears to have gone cold, plenty more names are emerging in light of the void left by Per Mertesacker’s and Gabriel Paulista’s injuries.

The likes of Mateo Musacchio, Kostas Manolas and Jonny Evans are just three names currently associated with the Gunners, which will see, as per Jones’ information, one of Arsenal’s centre backs leave on loan.

The prospect of Calum Chambers gaining first team football after an arguably stagnant two-year-spell at the Emirates Stadium has often been deliberated over, with the ex-Southampton man dropped against Leicester City to make way for a Laurent Koscielny and Rob Holding pairing.

Holding himself is a candidate, having just joined from Bolton Wanderers after one season of first team football, whereas Krystian Bielik’s time for a loan move may also be around the corner.

Patrick Ribeiro

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