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Arsenal in talks over £33.7m deal to sign German star – Sky Sports
According to Sky Sports News, Arsenal are in talks with Valencia to sign defender Shkodran Mustafi in a potential deal that could rise to £33.7m.
Arsene Wenger confirmed earlier this week that he’s going to have to bring in another centre-back after Per Mertesacker was ruled out for five months with a serious knee injury that he suffered against Lens last Friday.
Recent reports suggested tat the boss had identified Mustafi as a potential target with initial contact believed to have been made with the German international’s agent.
It looks like we’ve now stepped-up our interest as Sky Sports News are citing Sky Germany as saying that Arsenal are in talks with Valencia over a potential deal to sign the defender this summer.
The news outlet says that while Mustafi has a £42.1m buy-out clause in his contract, Valencia will be willing to do business for an initial £25.3m plus a further £8.4m in add ons taking the potential deal to a total of £33.7m.
Sky Sports insists that Arsenal are yet to table a formal offer but they say that the 24-year-old’s agent is due to fly back to Spain to try and thrash out a move to north London this summer.
Mustafi was once on the books with Everton but left to join Sampdoria before earning a move to Valencia in 2014 where he’s developed in to one of the best central defenders in La Liga.
He’s also got 12 caps for Germany under his belt and while he’s predominantly a centre-back he can also play at right-back if needed, so I’m sure his versatility will appeal to Wenger – especially with Debuchy expected to leave.
Let’s see how things develop but hopefully we act fast to get a deal wrapped-up as we desperately need new faces on board quickly with SEVEN first team regulars set to miss the season opener against Liverpool in two weeks time.