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A mixed day for Arsenal in transfer market: latest updates on Lacazette, Mustafi and Mahrez

Arsenal have received a huge boost in their pursuit of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Ligue 1 club, who last week confirmed that they have already turned down a £29m bid from the Gunners, have time and time again insisted that the 25-year-old won’t be leaving his club this summer.

However, the Telegraph has claimed that the sources close to French striker has confirmed that he is keen on joining the North London club this summer.

Arsenal are expected to go back for the player with an improved bid of £35m in the coming days.

Now, it remains to be seen whether Lyon will be able to convince him to stay at the club beyond the summer.

 

Meanwhile, Spanish publication Marca has claimed that Arsenal have submitted a £25.3million bid for Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi.

The Gunners, who are on the lookout of an experienced centre-back following the long-term injury to Per Mertesacker, have reportedly identified Mustafi as their primary target in the transfer market.

The La Liga club are currently training in London and Mustafi is expected to join them on Sunday following an extended holiday for Euro2016.

The 24-year-old is said to have a £42million release clause in his contract, but it is expected that Valencia will let him leave for a fee around £25million as they urgently need cash to meet the Financial Fair Play regulations.

 

There is some bad news for the Gunners in their pursuit of Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez.

The Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has once again urged the winger to stay at the club. The Italian club also hinted that he is confident that his prized player will be staying at King Power stadium for at least one more season.

“If he wants to sign a new contract it is OK. For me it is important that this season he stays with us,” Ranieri said.

“He is very happy. I see him every day and he has never talked to me about something strange. I am confident with him. This is experience.

“The club is working very well and I think the players want to stay with us to try and to improve on last season. We know that is very difficult but we are ambitious. Then it is important they sign, stay with us and gain experience in the Champions League. Then we will see.”

Ranieri has already lost N’Golo Kante from his Premier League-winning team to Chelsea.

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