Arsenal hope to sign £64m pair within the next 72 hours as Arsene Wenger makes urgent summer transfer window movesPublished August 24, 2016
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is hot on the heels of two big-name signings that he hopes to complete before the end of the week.
First up is Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi who is apparently set to complete a £24m move to the North London club according to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli.
Apparently Arsenal's bid for Mustafi was €25m+3m bonus #afc— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) August 21, 2016
The 24-year-old German international was part of Joachim Low’s Euro 2016 squad and a very dependable option who could boost Wenger’s back-line, not least as Per Mertesacker is out with a long-term injury and Brazilian Gabriel Paulista has failed to impress since his move to the club.
Valencia had been demanding as much as £42m for Mustafi, who had been released by Everton on a free transfer earlier in his career, but the La Liga side may be forced to consider ‘lesser’ offers to help balance the books.
Valencia coach Pako Ayestaran has stated that Mustafi is not for sale though these words carry little weight given that the side has simulataneously put a price-tag on the player.
Wenger is also readying a fresh move for Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette having failed with an earlier offer of £29m for the Ligue 1 ace.
The French international has been a prolific marksman for a number of years and is arguably a better fit to Wenger’s style of play than cumbersome front-man Olivier Giroud.
Lacazette has scored 20+ goals in each of his last three campaigns and has continued to hit the back of the net regularly this term.
The 25-year-old has scored five times in his first two Ligue 1 appearances this season and could be tempted by a move to Arsenal this summer, not least as such a move would significantly increase his salary.
A move to the Emirates Stadium may also aid his push for a more prominent role in Didier Deschamps’ French national team set-up, having failed to make it into the France squad for the Euro 2016 finals.
Arsenal have started the season in bumpy fashion, collecting one point from their opening two matches, and this may well also be a factor leading to Wenger’s ‘change of heart’ when it comes to investing large sums in new additions.