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Reports In Spain Claim Arsenal Enquire About Valencia Centre-Back

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.

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).

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 30: Shkodran Mustafi of Germany controls the ball against El Arbi Hillel Soudani of Algeria during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Germany and Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 30, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

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.

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