There’s just a week and a half to go in the summer transfer window, and Arsenal fans are still waiting for Arsene Wenger to impress them in the market.
Supporters have been calling, in particular, for a new centre back to join the club, with Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi being heavily linked with a move to north London.
But what’s the latest on the Germany international’s future? Is he closing in on a move or likely to stay put? Get up to date on the latest, here, at talkSPORT.
ARSENE WENGER PUBLICLY CONFIRMS INTEREST
Wenger usually remains coy on his transfer targets, but not so on Mustafi.
In an interview with French TV station SFR Sport, Wenger said: “Mustafi? We hope it will be done. He is one of a number of players we are looking at.
“We are struggling to find the players we need, but we must be responsible.
“Mustafi is one of a number of players we are looking at, but, yes, negotiations are ongoing.”
MUSTAFI’S BUY-OUT CLAUSE COULD RULE OUT ANY DEAL
Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes Wenger’s public confirmation of his interest was a tactic applied to put pressure on Valencia to sell.
Balague, however, thinks Mustafi’s buy-out clause (£43.1m) will see the defender stay put in Spain.
He said: “The coaching staff at Valencia think Mustafi will not go, and this is the same message being made by Valencia.
“They insist the only way Mustafi will be allowed to leave is if Arsenal trigger his €50m (£43.1m) buy-out clause, which I think everybody will agree is too much money for him.”
ARSENAL HAVE BEEN QUOTED £50M BY VALENCIA
While his release clause reportedly stands at £43.1m, Valencia are allegedly after a higher figure, demanding the Gunners pay £50m for the defender’s signature.
The Mirror state the La Liga outfit want to raise enough cause to submit an offer for Chelsea winger Pedro, which suggests the club are open to selling – if Arsenal cough up the cash.