After a number of weeks with nothing happening it seems like it could be all kicking off with reports from Turkey claiming Arsenal are closing in on Omer Toprak after it was announced in Spain that the Gunners had agreed to pay Lucas Perez’s release clause of €20m.

Arsenal seemed to have turned their attentions away from Shkodran Mustafi with Valencia wanting more for him than Arsenal are willing to pay (and significantly more than he’s worth as they look to hold on to one of their stars) and Toprak has been on the rumour radar for a couple of weeks.

Of course, things are never dead until they’re buried:

But what of Toprak?

Bayer Leverkusen have now signed defender Aleksander Dragovic on a five-year deal from Dynamo Kiev, with it claimed this now opens the door for Toprak, who is said to be keen to move to Arsenal.

https://twitter.com/bayer04fussball/status/768164024190107648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Toprak told Turkish-football recently, It is not certain whether I will stay at Bayer Leverkusen, we still have a month and anything could happen until then.”

https://twitter.com/Turkish_Futbol/status/768551367338229761

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