Arsenal transfer rumours: Shkodran Mustafi, Jonny Evans And Alexandre Lacazette linked

Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette (L) gestures after scoring his second goal during the French Ligue 1 football match Olympique Lyonnais (OL) again
Image: Could Alexandre Lacazette be brought in to bolster Arsenal's attacking options?

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. Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia) - 4.5

Valencia's German defender Shkodran Mustafi celebrates his goal during the Spanish league football match Valencia CF vs Granada CF at the Mestalla stadium
Image: Arsene Wenger has confirmed negotiations for Mustafi are ongoing.

Are Arsenal closing in on the signing of Shkodran Mustafi? Reports on Saturday claimed the Gunners had made a £26m offer for the Valencia defender.

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And, speaking to French TV station SFR Sport, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed negotiations for the Germany international were ongoing.

"Mustafi? We hope it will be done," he said. "He is one of a number of players we are looking at. Negotiations are ongoing."

2. Jonny Evans (West Brom) - 4.0

Jonny Evans
Image: Could Jonny Evans be brought in to solve the Gunners' defensive crisis?

As Arsenal continue their hunt for a defender, they have been linked with West Brom's Jonny Evans.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis said on Friday: "If it does happen, you need to make sure you know where your replacements are.

"If Arsenal come in for Jonny, if we do any business we'll do it between the clubs. I wouldn't talk here about doing a deal with Arsenal or anybody else."

3. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) - 3.7

Alexandre Lacazette (C) celebrates after scoring for Ligue 1 side, Lyon
Image: Alexandre Lacazette (C) celebrates after scoring for Ligue 1 side, Lyon

As the clock counts down until the end of the transfer window, Arsenal continue to be linked with Lacazette.

Last month they saw a bid in the region of £30m rejected by the Ligue 1 club, although Sky sources understand the Gunners remain interested.

Arsenal's inability to find the net in Saturday's goalless draw at Leicester only fuelled the debate that reinforcements are needed up front. Will Lacazette be the man Arsene Wenger turns to?

Hottest Arsenal rumours - Monday, August 22

Player Club Whispers rating
Shkodran Mustafi Valencia 4.5
Jonny Evans West Brom 4.0
Alexandre Lacazette Lyon 3.7
Jose Gimenez Atl. Madrid 3.2
Davide Astori Fiorentina 2.9
Yaya Toure Man City 1.5
Mauro Icardi Inter Milan 1.5
Omer Toprak Leverkusen 1.4
Toni Kroos Real Madrid 1.3
Marcel Tisserand Monaco 1.3
Yacine Brahimi Porto 1.3
Josh Tymon Hull City 1.3

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