Arsenal are in talks with Valencia over the signing of centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, player’s father Kujtim Mustafi has confirmed.
The Gunners are currently going through an injury crisis in the central defensive department and have been linked with a move for the German international for quite some time now.
In the last few days, multiple reports suggested that an agreement has already been reached between the Gunners and the 24-year-old. Now, Mustafi Sr. has told German publication Sport1 that negotiations are underway between the two parties, but there is no agreement in place as of yet.
He told German publication Sport1: “We are in good discussions with Arsenal. From an agreement but cannot be any talk.”
We apologise for the lousy Google translate job, but we believe that Mustafi Sr is trying to say that the talks are ongoing between the two parties, but he can’t confirm anything before an agreement has been reached between all the parties.
Sport1 have additionally claimed that they expect the deal to be finalised in next 48 hours which basically means an announcement could be made on Monday. It appears that this transfer would be concluded soon as all three parties are eager on the deal.
The North London club are in dire need of defensive reinforcements as they have lost two experienced centre-backs in Per Mertesacker and Gabriel to injuries during the pre-season. Laurent Koscielny is also set to miss the start of the season as he is behind in his pre-season preparations due to an extended summer-break.
On the other hand, selling club Valencia are desperately trying to meet financial fair play requirements and could use the cash from Mustafi deal.
Arsene Wenger, who has already confirmed on multiple occasions that he is in the market for a center-back, refused to speculate on interest in Mustafi in his press-conference for Liverpool game.
Mustafi is valued at around £25m by his club, and at 24 years of age, he is already a full German international. He was a part of the German national team that won 2014 World Cup and also featured in the recently concluded Euro Cup.
He also has experience of English football as he spent his formative youth years with Everton before joining Sampdoria in 2012.
The German is a modern ball-playing central defender who would fit the Arsenal’s playing style like a glove. When the likes of John Stones are valued in the region of £50m, Mustafi, at almost half of that price, Mustafi appears like an astute signing by the North London club.