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Arsenal Eye Up £40 Million Porto Ace As Alternative To Riyad Mahrez [Report]

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Arsenal seem to be getting into gear as the transfer window comes to a close.

With the transfer window set to close in 10 days time, Arsenal find themselves under pressure to sign at least two further players this summer.

Not only did Liverpool expose Arsenal’s deficiencies at the back on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season, but yesterday’s nil all draw with Leicester raised questions about the Gunner’s offensive capabilities.

Consequently, already nervous Arsenal fans are growing increasingly worried over their team’s chances this season.

Indeed, it would seem that the hierarchy at the club have thus far been unable to land Shkodran Mustafi, despite having been in negotiations with Valencia for some time now.

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 25: Shkodran Mustafi of Valencia CF wins the header after Angel Martin Correa of Atletico de Madrid during the La Liga amtch between Club Atletico de Madrid and Valencia CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
(Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Similarly, it could even be argued that Arsenal’s procrastination was a reason behind their inability to sign Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Alexandre Lacazette.

Therefore, it is easy to understand why Arsenal fans have become uneasy over persistent rumours connecting Mustafi with a move to Liverpool.

Not only that, but it would seem that the only realistic alternative to the Valencia defender is West Brom’s, Jonny Evans.

Nonetheless, Gunners fans continue to hope that Arsene Wenger will make the necessary signings to at least ensure a top four finish.

In this respect, it must be relief to see the club consistently linked with alternatives Mahrez, indicating that they remain in the market for an attacker.

Today is not different, with the Mirror reporting that Arsenal are considering a move for Porto’s Yacine Brahimi, after he was left out of the Portuguese side’s midweek Champions League qualifier.

FC Porto v Vitoria de Guimaraes - Primeira Liga
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However, although the Algerian has previously gained the attention of both Liverpool and Chelsea, the Gunners would need to make an offer in the region of £40 million to secure the services of Brahimi.

While some will argue that Wenger would not contemplate offering such a sum for a player, the quoted price is in the region of what Arsenal were willing to pay for Mahrez.

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