According to Sky Italia, Arsenal want Inter Milan to pay a loan fee of €5m to take Shkodran Mustafi for the 2017-18 season.
On top of that, they want the Italian giants to agree to a €25m purchase at the end of the season, triggered if the German international plays over 50% of their league games during the campaign.
The Gunners are willing to let Mustafi go less than 12 months after paying £35m to Valencia for him, but having already sold Gabriel to the same Spanish side for £10m, they need to set up a deal for another centre-half.
It’s widely believed that we’re in discussions with West Brom over Northern Irish international Jonny Evans, and the imminent sale of Kieran Gibbs to the Baggies means lines of communication between the clubs are open.
Many would feel that a 29 year old who has been let go by Manchester United is a somewhat underwhelming signing. Even if he is a decent, consistent Premier League player, he not going to get too many people excited.
It certainly looks as if the last two days of the window are going to be busy for us, with Alexis leaving the Chilean training camp to sort out his future, Oxlade-Chamberlain set to join Chelsea, and new recruits badly needed.