There continues to be transfer rumour a gogo as the end of the summer window draws closer. As expected, the media is awash with rumours of players making entries and exits as top clubs look to bolster their squads in order to compete for the titles in their respective leagues.
For Arsenal, however, their search for a quality centre-back continues, although they seem to be making headway recently, as reports claim Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi could be on his way to the Emirates soon. The Gunners have reportedly agreed a €30m fee with Valencia and Mustafi should be in London on Monday for medical examinations.
Chelsea are set to do battle with Napoli over Torino defender Nikola Maksimovic [per Sky Italia] after their efforts to sign the Serie A giants’ sought-after centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly proved abortive despite a reported £50m bid.
Boss Antonio Conte wants to strengthen his side by signing Serbian Maksimovic before the window is slammed shut, so as to be able to field a 3-5-2 formation which will allow his full backs operate as wing backs.
Elsewhere, Liverpool appear to have offloaded striker Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace after a £32m agreement [£27m initial plus £5m add-ons] between both sides.
Manchester City could soon welcome Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to the Etihad, with the Blaugrana closing in on a deal for Jasper Cillesen.
City rivals Manchester United are also plotting a move for Brazilian sensation Gabigol who is currently representing his nation at Olympics in Rio. Jose Mourinho wants to sign the young forward as a partner for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the former Chelsea boss is preparing a £20m bid for Santos.