Arsenal abandon £26.9m chase; PL quartet target Welbeck

Date published: Thursday 9th August 2018 11:24 - Matthew Stead

Arsenal are unlikely to make any further signings this summer after abandoning their pursuit of centre-half Domagoj Vida.

Arsenal have signed five players in this transfer window, with Matteo Guendouzi the most recent after he joined in early July.

But the Gunners have sprung to life as the deadline has closed in, with Unai Emery seemingly eager to add a centre-half to his ranks to offset the loan departure of Calum Chambers to Fulham.

Vida emerged as the most likely target, having impressed at the World Cup with Croatia this summer.

But Arsenal are no longer interested, with Besiktas ‘demanding’ £26.9m for his services, according to the London Evening Standard.

Emery is said to be happy with a central quartet of Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos.

The same article states that the Gunners are likely only to sell players from now, with David Ospina and Danny Welbeck the two expected to leave soon.

Ospina’s future is not quite as pressing an issue as he will be moving elsewhere abroad, with European clubs able to make signings for the rest of the month.

But Welbeck has been ‘left scrambling’ ahead of Thursday’s 5pm deadline, having ‘made surplus to requirements’ with one year left on his Arsenal contract.

Four clubs – Southampton, Crystal Palace, Everton and Bournemouth – are interested, but are ‘yet to formally make an offer’.


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