Transfer Shorts (26/08/2016)

Arsenal are set to complete a double swoop for Deportivo de La Coruña’s Lucas Pérez and Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia, with the two penciled in for medicals today, according to BBC Sport.

The Gunners have finally agreed terms with Valencia over Mustafi, paying in excess of £35 million for the Germany international, despite reports that Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger had begun exploring other options for the back line.

Mustafi’s signing will be followed by the capture of Deportivo forward Pérez, whom the Daily Mirror believe has already passed his medical that was scheduled for today.

After activating his release clause, Pérez will cost the Gunners £17.1 million and take Arsenal’s total spending for this summer close to £100 million.

Wenger revealed today in his press conference prior to the trip to Watford that the north Londoners are “working on deals” and that he is “99% confident” they will be concluded.

Arsenal centre back Calum Chambers could soon be loaned out this summer, Arsène Wenger has confirmed, as the Gunners look to get the Shkodran Mustafi deal over the line.


After weeks of rumours, Arsenal finally appear to have been given the green light to sign Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi for £35 million, adding to a defence left depleted by the injuries of Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista.

With criticism leveled at Calum Chambers’ progression as a player since his £16 million move from Southampton in 2014, as Arsenal also add Rob Holding to their ranks, the 21-year-old has moved closer to the Emirates Stadium’s exit.

When asked whether the arrival of Mustafi would stagnate Chambers’ career further, Wenger said “No,” but the possibility of loaning out the Englishman was greeted with a “yes.”

According to the Daily Mail, the likes of West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Sunderland are all lining up to take Chambers on a temporary basis, whereas interest from Spain and Italy also exists.

Recently-relegated VfB Stuttgart have announced the signing of Arsenal’s Takuma Asano on a season-long loan, as the Japanese forward fails to land a work permit to play in England.


Asano follows in the footsteps of compatriot Ryo Miyaichi and Costa Rica international Joel Campbell after Arsenal’s application for a work permit was rejected, with the Gunners confirming the loan deal this afternoon.

The 21-year-old signed for Arsenal last month from J-League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima for £3.4 million, with the striker later starring for Japan in the Rio Olympic Games this summer with two goals in three games.

Stuttgart will have the chance to extend the player’s loan deal for a second season, as Asano looks to fulfil the criteria demanded to earn himself a work permit in the meantime.

Patrick Ribeiro

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