According to Sky Sports, Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi has agreed to personal terms with Arsenal, but no fee has been agreed. Is that not tapping up?
Anyway, Sky are usually one of the most reliable sources of information when it comes to player deals. Hopefully, there is some truth in the story, but we shall see.
Arsene to offer some magic beans and a mars bar
If agreeing on a fee is down to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger this deal will not get done. The 24-year-old is reportedly rated in the £30million bracket by Los Ches. The veteran French boss is unlikely to pay anywhere near amount of money for a centre-back.
He tends to reserve that sort of money for signing attacking midfielders, so the fact that Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka cost £34million was a big surprise. If Wenger is involved in the deal then he will be offering some magic beans and a mars bar for the centre-back.
Gunners set to start youngster against
As we all know Arsenal start their Premier League campaign on Sunday with a home game against Liverpool. Surprise, surprise the Gunners has an injury crisis, this time around it’s in defence. Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel and Per Mertesacker all out injured.
Youngsters Rob Holding and Calum Chambers are supposedly defenders full of promise. Both will start against the Merseysiders at the Emirates Stadium. To be fair neither are terrible players, but both are inexperienced at Premier League level.
Most of Chambers Premier League experience came as a full-back at Southampton, while Holding spent last season in Championship attempting to keep the Trotters off the bottom of the table.
If one was started alongside a more experienced centre-back there would not be such cause for concerns. However, as it is the youngsters are likely to be tested to the full by Liverpool’s expensive forward line.
Signing a centre-back would be logical
This is not me being an Arsene Wenger hater, but would it not be logical to sign a centre-back? If the Gunners does manage to sign a decent centre-back before the transfer window shuts then I will say fair play to the Arsenal boss.
However, if they do not then there will be some more questions about Wenger’s logic in strengthening his team. If Arsenal fans and virtual can see the weak points of the team, why can’t Wenger?
If he can and has failed to do anything about it, then that is just sheer stubbornness or poor management on the Frenchman’s part.
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