Arsenal fans should be used to headlines saying that “yet another transfer target bites the dust” and as we enter the final week of the transfer window we seem to be clutching at straws right now…
We looked very likely to prise Mustafi away from Valencia, but he played for the La Liga club in their 4-2 defeat to Las Palmas last night, and the Valencia manager Pako Ayestaranmade made his thoughts clear when he said on Sky after the game: “Mustafi is not for sale and will not be leaving the club.”
This is thought to be brought on by Arsenal’s refusal to pay Mustafi’s £43.1m buy-out clause, and follows the news yesterday that Alexandre Lacazette will also not be leaving Lyon.
Having given up on Mustafi, Arsenal are then believed to have turned their attention to West Brom’s 28 year old defender Jonny Evans as an emergency replacement, but that now looks completely dead in the water as the Baggies are demanding £25million for a player that they bought last year for only £6million, which is basically telling Wenger to stick his interest where the sun don’t shine!
So, eight days to go and counting, and the rumours of any targets left for Wenger to go after are drying up as all seem to be either too expensive or actually prefer to stay with their current clubs.
Does anyone have any ideas which other defenders Arsenal could go for?