Arsenal transfer rumours: Alexandre Lacazette and Riyad Mahrez linked
Last Updated: 05/08/16 8:26am
Which are the most credible Arsenal transfer rumours right now?
Sky Sports has teamed up with Football Whispers to bring you the hottest transfer talk of the moment, as Arsene Wenger looks to improve his squad ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.
Football Whispers have developed a unique algorithm to take all of the transfer rumours from across the globe and calculate the likelihood of them happening.
They track transfer stories and give them a score out of 5.0, with the hottest Whispers closest to 5.0.
The top three are:
1. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) - 4.6
Lacazette continues to lead the way, with reports suggesting Arsene Wenger has license to spend to get a striker this summer.
Lyon head coach Bruno Genesio said recently that "there are some offers that you cannot refuse" with regard to Lacazette.
Will the 25-year-old be the man to support Olivier Giroud in Arsenal's bid for Premier League glory?
2. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) - 4.5
Wenger was in attendance last Saturday evening as Mahrez played in Leicester's 4-0 defeat to PSG in Los Angeles.
But do Arsenal need the Algerian? Former Gunners defender Lauren does not think so.
Hottest Arsenal Whispers - Thursday, August 4
|Player||Club||FW rating (out of 5)|
|Karim Benzema||Real Madrid||3.3|
|Jonny Evans||West Brom||3.1|
|Mauro Icardi||Inter Milan||2.9|
|Antoine Griezmann||Atl. Madrid||2.2|
|Alvaro Morata||Real Madrid||1.8|
"He is a very good player, but how many similar players in terms of technically proficient, creative midfielders and wide men do Arsenal have already?" he said in an interview with the Evening Standard.
3. Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia) - 4.0
Valencia centre-back Mustafi keeps his place in the top three, despite returning to training with Valencia on Monday.
Mustafi has a release clause of £42.1m but our colleagues in Germany understand Arsenal may be able to sign the German for £25.3m, plus a further £8.4m in add-ons.
Arsene Wenger revealed he was on the hunt for a defender following the news Per Mertesacker has been ruled out for 'months' with a knee injury.