Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger in defender pursuit, as Riyad Mahrez ‘distracted’ and Alvaro Morata slips away

Arsenal are expected to increase their efforts to land two more transfer targets before the window closes at the end of the month as they return to the United Kingdom following the two-match tour of the United States.

Arsene Wenger’s squad will arrive back in London after a successful trip across the Atlantic, having beaten the MLS All-Star side and Chivas. It was on that tour that Wenger confirmed he is still in the market to sign a new defender and a striker after deciding he is short on experience and options in key positions.

The injury news that rocked Wenger when it was revealed that Per Mertesacker will miss the rest of the year has forced the Arsenal manager to pursue a new centre-back, although a number of targets have emerged on the radar.

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However, while Arsenal weigh up their options, they are yet to make an official bid for any defenders despite interest in Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi, as well as reports linking the club to West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans and Federico Fernandez of Swansea.

While defence remains a concern of Wenger’s, he still needs to strengthen Arsenal’s attack if they are to have a say on the Premier League title race this season. The 66-year-old appears to have accepted that Olivier Giroud alone is not capable of leading the side in a title challenge, and summers moves for Jamie Vardy, Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata have already failed.

One of those players has revealed why he turned down Arsenal in order to remain with Premier League champions Leicester City, with Vardy revealing that he did not hold talks with Wenger after his release fee was activated.

“I was away with England. No, I never spoke with them.”

Vardy added: “I’ve always said the brotherhood at Leicester is unbelievable.

“Personally I feel I have a lot of unfinished ­business here. It wasn’t that big a decision, it was quite easy, this is where I wanted to be.”

Courtesy: The Independent

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