Defender To Make Late Move?
Arsenal are eyeing up a move for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida in a transfer that could cost the Gunners around £27million.
The Croatia international has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs following his performances at the World Cup this summer. Reports of interest from Liverpool and Everton failed to progress into anything more concrete.
But the Evening Standard believes that Arsenal are mulling over a bid in the final 24 hours or so of the summer transfer window. It says that although Calum Chambers left on loan for Fulham on Tuesday and despite having signed a central defender in the shape of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, the Gunners could still make a move for Vida.
Such a bid looks unlikely without any permanent moves away for fringe members of the Arsenal squad. Besiktas are interested in keeper David Ospina. The Colombia international face the prospect of dropping down to third-choice keeper following the arrival of Bernd Leno in June. Talks over a move to Ospina could form part of the discussions for Vida who is valued at €30million by the Turkish side.
The sale of striker Lucas Perez to West Ham United is expected to be announced in due course although that would only bring in around £5million for a player who cost £17million two summers ago.
Arsenal are looking to offload Danny Welbeck and another central defender, Shkodran Mustafi, before they make a move for Vida. Time is running out on all counts.