While it appears more and more that Danny Welbeck is coming to Arsenal, there's still another position that many, if not all, Arsenal fans think needs to be filled before the transfer window closes. That position would be the center of defense. While few have qualms about the first choice players at the position, the concerns come in when you look past that. Calum Chambers has been good as a deputy, but beyond that there's essentially nothing.
Enter -- potentially -- Matija Nastasic. Out of favor at Manchester City, Nastasic is relatively young, a quality player, and available. Wayne Veysey thinks we're after him.
Arsenal have tabled a bid tonight for Matija Nastasic. #MCFC were quoting £10m-plus fee in talks earlier.— Wayne Veysey (@wayneveysey) September 1, 2014
This person also thinks things are going down, but I don't really know him (I think he's one of the lesser ITKs, which would explain that) so I actually trust him less than Veysey.
Nastasic very close. #AFC— Red Army (@RedArmy49) September 1, 2014
Sky Sports has been all over the place today, but they're on the other side here.
SSN - Nastasic staying.— Jamie Daltön (@JamieDalton82) September 1, 2014
Jeremy Wilson says we're done buying as well.
No more signings at Arsenal other than Welbeck. Net summer spending behind only Man U in PL and highest ever by Wenger #afc— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) September 1, 2014
And if, in fact, Sky is right, Wilson is wrong, and Veysey isn't full of it, there might be another option available.
Arsenal are looking at Celtic's Virgil van Dijk as an eleventh-hour alternative to Nastasic.— Wayne Veysey (@wayneveysey) September 1, 2014
So yeah, there's a little less than twenty minutes left to see what actually happens. It should be...I don't know, fun? Something like that.