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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to sign Shkodran Mustafi?

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What’s always coming but never arrives? Why, Arsène Wenger’s next great Arsenal team, of course! But they might just win the coveted Bank Balance Trophy, most recently informing Lyon that they will give no more than “£33.7m for Alexandre Lacazette” because £33.71m would be completely ridiculous. The particular sticking point, “apparently”, is that Wenger believes the player to be of identical standard to Michy Batshuayi, and therefore he will not pay more than Chelsea did to Marseille. Such behaviour in no way reflects obsession nor an inferiority complex; rather, it will teach everyone a very important lesson, and accordingly, everyone is very grateful.

Wenger does, though, intend to flaunt the nose for a defender responsible for previous hits such as Gilles Grimandi, Igors Stepanovs, Pascal Cygan, Philippe Senderos, Mikaël Silvestre and Sébastian Squillachi. He has given the go ahead for Arsenal to open talks with Valencia over the purchase of Shkodran Mustafi; his release clause is a hilarious £42.1m, but a deal might be done for a piffling £33.7m.

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