With the transfer window about less than a week away from slamming shut, Arsenal are still sweating on the deal for a new signing.
The Gunners were in the hunt for a central defensive signing, following long-term injuries to Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertesacker which has left them short of bodies at the back. The makeshift pairing of Rob Holding and Calum Chambers were exposed in Arsenal’s first game against Liverpool as the Reds won 4-3.
Arsenal have been on the case of Mustafi from the beginning of the summer, with Valencia holding out for 30million pounds. With the calls for new signing increasing at the Emirates, our sources say Wenger agreed to pay the player’s valuation and he will be the most expensive defender in the history of Arsenal.
Arsenal close to agreeing deal to sign Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi. #AFC will pay fee in excess of £35m for Germany international
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 25, 2016
However, experienced centre-back Laurent Koscielny returned to action against Leicester for the first time this season and helped the Gunners secure a point against the reigning champions.
The Germany international won the World Cup with his country in 2014 and he’s spent two years at Valencia since joining the La Liga giants from Sampdoria in 2014.
It is believed that the player will sign a 5year contract and he is expected to walk straight into the first team of Arsenal.