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Arsenal transfer rumours: Shkodran Mustafi and Alexandre Lacazette still linked

Shkodran Mustafi of Valencia reacts during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Madrid CF
Image: Mustafi has been linked with a move to Arsenal after Per Mertesacker's injury

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.

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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. Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia) - 4.8

Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi celebrates
Image: Will Shkodran Mustafi be heading to the Emirates?

Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi keeps his place at the summit.

It was recently revealed by Sky Germany that Arsenal are in talks to sign the 24-year-old.

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Mustafi has a release clause of £42.1m but Sky Germany understands 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,

2. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) - 4.5

Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring a goal
Image: Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette continues to be linked with Arsenal

As Arsenal continue their hunt for a frontman, Lyon forward Lacazette continues to be linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas reiterated on Friday that Lacazette will not be sold, and said he does not think Arsenal will bid for the striker again.

But, with this transfer saga set to rumble on, could Lacazette be the man to support Olivier Giroud in Arsenal's bid for Premier League glory?

3. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) - 4.4

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23: Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City celebrates after scoring to make it 0-1 during the ICC Cup match between Celtic and Leicester C
Image: Could Riyad Mahrez leave Leicester?

Wenger was in attendance on Saturday evening as Mahrez played in Leicester's 4-0 defeat to PSG in Los Angeles.

The Algeria international has been attracting interest from across Europe after a superb season with the Foxes during the 2015/16 campaign.

He makes a strong third-place showing in the Football Whispers charts after reports intensified that Wenger is ready to make a big money move for the winger - although Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has urged Mahrez to stay at the King Power.

Read our feature on whether Arsenal need Mahrez here.

Hottest Arsenal Whispers - Sunday July 31

Player Club FW rating (out of 5)
Shkodran Mustafi Valencia 4.8
Alexandre Lacazette Lyon 4.5
Riyad Mahrez Leicester 4.4
Bruno Peres Torino 2.9
Julian Draxler Wolfsburg 2.5
Mario Mandzukic Juventus 2.5
Mauro Icardi Inter Milan 2.4
Karim Benzema Real Madrid 2.2
Edinson Cavani PSG 1.7
Raphael Varane Real Madrid 1.4

Don't forget to follow the most up-to-date information around the clock with the Sky Sports Transfer Centre

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