Arsenal transfer rumours: Alexandre Lacazette and Jeremy Mathieu to follow Shkodran Mustafi?

VALENCIA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 04:  Arda Turan (R) of Atletico de Madrid is tackled by Shkodran Mustafi of Valencia during the La Liga match between Valencia CF
Image: Will Arsenal address their defensive crisis with the acquisition on Germany international Mustafi?

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) - 4.7

Shkodran Mustafi of Valencia reacts during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Madrid CF
Image: Will Mustafi be the only arrival before the Deadline Day?

Arsenal have been linked with a number of defenders, but Valencia centre-back Mustafi continues to top the Football Whispers charts after weeks on continual speculation. 

Sky Germany understands talks between the Gunners and Valencia have got underway for the 24-year-old Germany international, who is under contract at the Mestalla until June 2019.

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2. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) - 4.0

Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring a goal
Image: Alexandre Lacazette could be the man to support Olivier Giroud

Arsenal's lacked presence in attack in Sunday's defeat to Liverpool, and that indifferent offensive display has seen Lacazette rise to second in the standings.

Lyon head coach Bruno Genesio said recently "there are some offers that you cannot refuse" with regard to Lacazette, and reports suggest Wenger has licence to spend to get a striker this summer.

Will the 25-year-old be the man to support Olivier Giroud in Arsenal's bid for Premier League glory?

3. Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona) - 4.0

 Jeremy Mathieu of Barcelona and Lazar Markovic of Liverpool in action
Image: Jeremy Mathieu has been linked with a move to Arsenal

Arsenal are on the hunt for a new defender after Per Mertesacker and Gabriel picked up long-term injuries in pre-season.

Barcelona defender Mathieu has emerged towards the end of last week as a potential target. The Frenchman struggles to hold down a starting place in Luis Enrique's star-studded XI at the Nou Camp, could plug a gap at the Emirates as Wenger aims to strengthen his squad.

Hottest Arsenal whispers - Monday, August 15

Player Club Whispers rating
Shkodran Mustafi Valencia 4.7
Jeremy Mathieu Barcelona 4.0
Alexandre Lacazette Lyon 4.0
Riyad Mahrez Leicester 4.0
Mario Lemina Juventus 3.2
Antoine Griezmann Atl. Madrid 2.5
Jonny Evans West Brom 2.3
James Rodriguez Real Madrid 1.8
Mauro Icardi Inter Milan 1.8
Karim Benzema Real Madrid 1.2

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