Following the confirmation of the signings of Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez, Arsenal’s transfer business regarding incoming seems to have ended.
But there could still be a shock if a big player is suddenly made available by his club – such as seen in 2014 when Arsenal the signed talismanic Mesut Ozil. The report that Chelsea have also made a stunning £32m for David Luiz to return to Stamford Bridge from Paris Saint-Germain means anything is possible in the transfer market.
There, we present three players that could make a stunning move to Arsenal before today’s 11pm deadline:
The future of James Rodriguez at Real Madrid has been under intense scrutiny, as the Colombian has found game time difficult to come by following Zinedine Zidane’s appointment as Real boss.
Due to his obvious quality, James has been linked with almost all the top European sides, with his valuation set around a fee of around £60m. The player’s agent Jorge Mendes has said his client will remain with Los Blancos and Zidane has also echoed his claims. But James could make a last-minute decision to ply his trade elsewhere in order to earn ample game time.
Arsenal could attract the former Monaco attacker and whilst an attacking midfielder is not what the Gunners really need at the moment, Arséne Wenger could make a bold statement of intent by signing James.
The Atletico Madrid forward was reportedly chased by Arsenal earlier in the summer, but he decided to remain in Spain. By their standards, Atleti have made a disappointing start to the season and Griezmann’s reported outburst that they could be relegated could mean a shock deadline day exit for the French wizard.
Griezmann linked up well with Olivier Giroud at Euro 2016 and Arsenal fans will relish the opportunity of seeing that happen at their club. Should the transfer happen, it would be a massive shock to the whole football world.
While Arsenal were haggling over a transfer fee with Valencia regarding the transfer of Shkodran Mustafi earlier on in the summer, the North London side turned attentions to Gimenez. But Atletico Madrid reportedly told Arsenal to pay the Uruguayan’s release clause of €65m for the player to move to the Emirates, but Arsenal baulked at the valuation.
It will be interesting to see if Arsenal can pull off this deal – albeit it looks highly unlikely – but the thought of that bodes well than that of Johnny Evans.