Arsenal look set to seal the deadline day transfer of David Luiz for £8m after the Gunners struck a deal with Chelsea to move the defender across London, while club scapegoat Shkodran Mustafi is being linked with a switch to Ligue 1.
Unai Emery has been on the hunt for reinforcements in the centre of defence, after watching his side ship 51 Premier League goals last campaign while club captain Laurent Koscielny sealed a move to Bordeaux this summer.
Fears over regular playing time at Stamford Bridge appeared to have swayed Luiz into leaving Frank Lampard’s side, while Ornstein also adds that Kieran Tierney’s move to Arsenal will be a £25m deal on a five-year contract. Both players are due to have their medicals on Thursday and will be completed ahead of the 5pm deadline.
With Luiz’ arrival expected in the next few hours, news of Mustafi’s looming exit may force Emery to dip into the market once more. The aforementioned Umtiti appears the only viable option at present, although it would require some fee to prize the World Cup winner away from the La Liga side.