With Lucas Perez’s signature virtually in the bag, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has turned his attention back to German international defender Skodran Mustafi, and despite statements in the press from Valencia boss Pako Ayestarán, it appears that the Gunners are going to get their man.
While earlier rumours circulating in the British press were criticizing Wenger for not meeting Valencia’s £25 million fee for Mustafi, news has emerged in recent days to suggest that Valencia had taken a tough stand on the 24 year old defender’s sale, opting not to do business unless any of his suitors meet the German’s £40 million release clause. Continue reading
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, certainly, looks desperate to sign a world class centre back this summer. According to reports in The Daily Mail, the Frenchman, who had been reportedly showcasing keen interest in signing Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia until now, has approached Atletico Madrid with regards to the possibility of signing young defender Jose Gimenez.
The 21 year old Uruguayan, who has developed into one of the most highly rated young centre backs in Europe in recent times, has also been known to be a target for the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid in the past.
Arsenal are finally on the verge of landing their target, Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, with the player’s agent confirming that the north London giants have reached an understanding with the player with regards to the same.
Agent Ali Bulut was quoted telling Spox: “Shkodran and Arsenal have reached an agreement, the clubs now only have to agree on the fee.”
Arsenal have been boosted in their pursuit of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, with reports in Spanish news outlet COPE revealing that the La Liga side are willing to let the player move to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
What’s more – it is believed that Valencia are open to the prospect of doing business with the north London giants for as little as £20.9m!
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger seems to be still searching for a strong addition for his defensive midfield. According to reports in Turkish Eurosport, the Gunners are currently the frontrunners in the race to sign Fenerbahce midfielder Mehmet Topal.
It is further believed that the Turkish side have received a £5m bid for the player from an unknown London club, with the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur also known to be showcasing a keen interest in signing him.
Arsenal have been provided with the chance to bring Alvaro Negredo back to the Premier League. According to reports in The Daily Mirror, the Spaniard’s new owners Valencia are uninterested in keeping him and are ready to let him move to the Emirates Stadium for a transfer fee of around £24m.
The 29 year old spent the last season on loan at the Mestalla, going through a rough phase and suffering injuries, scoring just 6 goals and providing 5 assists in 34 appearances. However, Valencia still had to buy him because of an ‘obligatory purchase clause’ that was included in his loan deal.
The agent of Porto forward Jackson Martinez, Henrique Pompeo, has revealed that the player is on the verge of a move to a new destination and that he will be completing his move within days. The Colombian ace, who is believed to have a £24.7m release clause in his contract, is known to be a top target for Arsenal this summer.
Pompeo was quoted in The Metro, saying: “There is a club that’s willing to pay €35m for the buy-out clause. The deal will be closed in the next few days.”
Arsenal may be just days away from signing Porto ace Jackson Martinez, with reports in the press revealing that he is ‘negotiating his move’ from his club. Additionally, reports in Fichajes.net also reveal that the Gunners have been provided with the go-ahead to commence transfer talks with the Colombian.
It is believed that Martinez has already held talks with the high ranking officials at Porto, and that they are open to the prospect of selling him, only as long as they get to pocket the £25.7m that they want for him.