With less than a week to go until the end of the transfer window, Arsenal are looking to finalise some important deals.
The Gunners have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Jean Seri after he was left out of Nice’s squad for tonight’s game against Amiens in Ligue 1.
The Ivorian looked set to sign for Barcelona just a few days ago but the Catalans have apparently dropped their interest after Paris Saint-Germain entered the race.
Seri’s agent insists PSG have only expressed interest in order to drive the midfielder’s price up but nevertheless Barcelona look to have moved on, with Arsenal said to be ready to move.
On the other side of things, there could be two departures from the Gunners’ defence in the coming days.
Kieran Gibbs looks set to join Watford once the two clubs can agree a fee, with recent reports suggesting that a deal had been reached.
The Gunners were said to be holding out for £10m, and it is believed that Watford are willing to match Gibbs’ wages to bring him to Vicarage Road.
The German defender has apparently agreed terms with the Italian club, although Arsenal are looking to recoup all of the £35m they paid for the 25-year-old last summer.
Wenger was suspiciously coy about Mustafi’s future when asked if he would be sold during his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
“It’s difficult for me to speak about any individual cases because the transfer market in the final seven days is always very difficult to predict what will happen,” he said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool.
“You have to make quick and sharp decisions, you can’t come out in a press conference with how you will respond to any solicitation.”
Wenger also hinted that he will be looking to move players on during the next seven days as he attempts to reduce the size of his squad.
“I have said before we have too many players in the squad,” he added. “Some of them have no chance to compete for places because we have too many.
“Too much competition for places is not good because we have players who have no chance to play. And one of the values of this club is to give a chance to young players who deserve it.
“If you have too many players of confirmed status you are in a difficult position to give a chance to young players and we are lucky to have three or four of top quality who deserve a chance.”
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