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Gabriel Paulista joins Valencia for £10m 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has joined Spanish La Liga side Valencia for £10m, after making 64 appearances for the Gunners in two years. The Brazilian centre-back was yet to feature this season as he’s recovering from a knee injury, but manager Arsene Wenger deemed him surplus to requirements given the vast options in his stead.

The 26-year-old joined Arsenal in 2015 from Villarreal for around £15m but never managed to nail down a starting place for a prolonged period of time. With the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Laurent Koscielny ahead of Gabriel in the pecking order, chances were always going to be limited. Per Mertesacker and Calum Chambers provide the cover at centre-back, while new-boy Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal can also play in the middle.

Valencia manager admits interest in Gabriel 1

Posted on August 09, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Valencia boss Marcelino recently admitted he’s interested in signing Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista. The La Liga side are looking to bolster their defence and have three players on their shortlist ahead of the new season, reports the Evening Standard.

In addition to Gabriel, Inter Milan’s Jeison Murillo and Porto’s Ivan Marcano make up the defenders on Valencia’s wishlist. Something Marcelinho admitted, saying: “I think they are possible. We’re talking about important players who already know our league. They speak Spanish, and that’s important, so their adaptation would be very quick.”

Valencia keen on signing Coquelin this summer 0

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Football.London, Spanish La Liga side Valencia are interested in Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin. The French midfielder has been out of favour in the second half of the season and manager Arsene Wenger might be keen to let him leave as a result. Valencia aren’t breaking the bank this summer, however, and will seek cheap players to strengthen their squad.

Coquelin has made 28 Premier League appearances for the Gunners in 2016/17 but has started only three league games since February, sitting behind Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka in the pecking order. Valencia are reportedly keen on a season-long loan deal for the midfielder and are also targeting Malaga’s Ignacio Camacho.

Arsenal chasing Benfica, Valencia talents 0

Posted on December 23, 2016 by Milos Markovic

Premier League club Arsenal are believed to be considering adding a couple of players during the January transfer window in order to improve their chances of getting back into the Premier League title race.

According to various media reports, Arsene Wenger is looking for defensive and midfield reinforcements with several names already being thrown into the mix.

Arsenal are believed to be keeping close tabs on Benfica forward Goncalo Cuedes and British media are reporting that the Gunners even sent one of their top scouts to watch the 20-year-old talent in action against Rio Ave on Wednesday.

Mustafi and Koscielny could be the key to Arsenal title bid 0

Posted on September 26, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal fans were hoping for a new centre-back and a new striker in the summer transfer window. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger kept his powder dry until deadline day. The Frenchman then signed Shkodran Mustafi and striker Lucas Perez.

Lucas may take a while to adapt to his new surroundings, but Mustafi has already produced very positive signs that he has what it takes to be a top Premier League centre-back.

Why didn’t Mustafi arrive sooner?

Were Arsenal priced out for Omer Toprak this summer? 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Arsenal only opted to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi as they weren’t willing to meet the asking price for Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Omer Toprak. The highly-rated Bundesliga defender is reportedly available for £40M, but the Gunners instead have opted for a player £5M less in Mustafi after agreeing personal terms.

At one point this summer, it did look like Toprak would the defender coming in as the Mustafi deal stalled over a transfer fee, but now the German international has all but signed ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash. Toprak is three years Mustafi’s senior, but has developed into a top central defender with Leverkusen over the years.

Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez to undergo their Arsenal medicals today 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal’s proposed transfer targets Shkodran Mustafi of Valencia and Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna should be undergoing their medicals with the London club today, and Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has said the pair could be unveiled by Arsenal this afternoon – “Mustafi is travelling to London and will be presented as an Arsenal player alongside Lucas Perez around 3pm today.”

Arsenal set to sign Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi 1

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi. The German international looked set to stay at the Mestalla Stadium this summer with Arsenal previously failing to meet Valencia’s asking price, but a fee of £35M has been agreed and personal terms were finalised days earlier.

Mustafi was the number one target on the Gunners’ shortlist after losing Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista to long-term injuries, and manager Arsene Wenger will be looking to develop him in the coming years to reach the level of Laurent Koscielny. The 24-year-old has the potential, representing his country in the 2016 European Championships, and has been keen to push the deal through.

Arsenal’s bid to sign Valencia defender Mustafi a long way off 1

Posted on August 18, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to Plaza Deportiva, Arsenal’s deal to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi hasn’t taken off as the Gunners are yet to make an official bid. Reports in the last few weeks had suggested Arsenal and Mustafi had agreed personal terms, but Valencia still haven’t received an acceptable bid from the London club despite their desperation for a defender.

Arsenal have less than two weeks until the summer transfer window closes but they only have two fit centre-backs and one senior defender who has been afforded a late summer holiday. Their first game of the new season could hardly have been worse either with Liverpool putting four goals past them at the Emirates Stadium, so the pressure is on Wenger to shore up the backline before the Gunners are left behind in the title race.

Mustafi deal stalls as Valencia and Arsenal fail to agree on a fee 3

Posted on August 15, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal’s pursuit for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi has hit an obstacle with the Gunners yet to match the asking price. The German centre-back is believed to have agreed personal terms with Arsenal, but the London outfit are still quarrelling with Valencia over price.

Reports from the Valencia camp suggest Arsenal are unrivalled in their pursuit for Mustafi, but just need to match Los Che’s valuation for the centre-back. Valencia are rumoured to be looking for €25M (£21.7M) which is a fair price for an international standard player regularly playing in the Spanish La Liga, but Arsenal have yet to meet the fee.



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