According to local Valencia newspaper Valencia Plaza, Arsenal have made enquiries about 24-year-old centre back Shkodran Mustafi.
The report claims that although Mustafi will join the Valencia team for their preseason tour, and the La Liga side are keen to keep him this summer, but a move could materialise in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, COPE Valencia say that Valencia rate their man at €25 million, and have conveyed this information to his agent. Mustafi was offered to Milan earlier in the window, but this price tag proved too high for them.
— DeportesCOPEValencia (@DepCOPEValencia) July 27, 2016
Wenger confirmed his intention to move for a new centre back in his press conference yesterday following the news that Per Mertesacker will miss the first half of the season, and possibly more, with a serious knee injury. He also mentioned the need to “look for an option to get a bit more experience”. (Quote via the Evening Standard).
Speculation about Valencia’s German international has now developed into a fresh transfer saga that provides some respite from Arsenal’s never-ending chase for a striker. At €25 million, he is undoubtedly one of the most reasonable options that could meet Wenger’s needs, among a few other names that have been brought up in the last 24 hours such as Fabian Schar and Jeison Murillo.
While Arsenal fans have been reassured that an experienced defender is on the way, it’s critical that they get it done immediately for two reasons: first, to avoid having to field a depleted defence against Liverpool on the opening day and second, so that they can resume their hunt for a quality striker.