Gunners plot move for Barca defender

Following the arrival of Samuel Umtiti from Lyon, compatriot Jeremy Mathieu has found himself further down the pecking order at the Camp Nou. As a result, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has added the Frenchman to a list of candidates to help ease his injury crisis at the Emirtates. Mathieu has provided defensive cover for the likes of Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano since his arrival from Valencia in 2014, however with just 49 first team appearances in that time, it is perhaps now time for the 32-year-old to seek pastures new.

 

Despite the Gunners seemingly close to agreeing a deal for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, Wenger is thought to seek further recruits, with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel on the sidelines at present. is set to sign from Valencia in a big-money deal and it would now appear as if Mathieu is also being lined up. Mustafi is currently odds on in the football betting market with bookmakers Coral to secure a switch to the Emirates before their next fixture, while Mathieu remains an outsider for a similar move despite mounting speculation. For those looking to put money on such a move, today’s bet of the day at Coral is certainly worth backing.

 

Barca take on Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup this weekend, with a first leg tie at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán to look forward to. Luis Enrique’s men are 4/6 on with Coral to secure a first leg lead, despite their stuttering pre-season performances this summer. Enrique will certainly be looking to ensure that his team are firing on all cylinders come their opening La Liga match against Betis on August 20.

 

According to many sources, Barca are now finally close to announcing the signing of a much anticipated forward. Having been linked to numerous players over the off-season, a back-up option to the trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar Jr is imminent. Former Barca man Jonathan Soriano is believed to be the most likely arrival, with the 26-year-old currently odds on at Coral to return to the Spanish giants.