Arsenal round-up: Manchester City confident on Sanchez; Oxlade-Chamberlain update; Mustafi exit likely
Arsenal are ready to oversee a clear-out over the next two days and are at risk at leaving themselves vulnerable of dropping out of the top six. The Mirror report that Manchester City officials are already in Chile to complete a move for Alexis Sanchez if a deal can be agreed. They are expected to return with an improved offer before the transfer deadline. Although the Gunners have insisted he won’t be leaving, the mood music seems to have changed in recent days.
If the Gunners agrees to sell their best player, they need to make sure they get the most amount of money possible for him. He is in the last year of his contract and that restricts them somewhat, but City are desperate to land him and would be willing to pay over the odds. Supporters will be hoping that the club have a replacement lined up, but that looks to be wishful thinking at this stage.
Liverpool have opened talks with Arsenal over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to BBC Sport. The England international has rejected the opportunity to join Chelsea, despite a £40 million fee being agreed between the two clubs. He sees his future as a central midfielder and believes he would have more chances to play there at Anfield. There hasn’t been a fee agreed with the Reds yet, but discussions are ongoing.
This is going to be a saga that runs until the final hours of the window. Chelsea aren’t completely out of the game, despite the initial refusal and Liverpool are also want to sign the midfielder. It is unlikely that Arsenal will keep him at the club, but they will receive a big fee and they may try to use that to sign one or two players themselves before the deadline.
Shkodran Mustafi is another player that could leave North London before the transfer deadline. The Evening Standard report that Arsenal are keen to sell the German international after only a year at the club and want to recoup the £35 million that they paid. Inter Milan had offered to take him on loan, but the Gunners want a permanent deal. It remains to be seen whether a transfer can be agreed with the Serie A club before the deadline.
This is an odd decision by the club as the defender looked good for the majority of last season. It would weaken them at the back and leave them relying on young players that aren’t proven at the highest level. Arsenal are at risk at finishing the summer in a severely weakened position and if they do, the supporters couldn’t be blamed for showing their anger at the club.
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