£35m bid accepted + medical scheduled: Arsenal agree deal for Paulista’s replacement

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ARSENAL are waiting to see if Inter Milan slap down a £35m bid for defender Shkodran Mustafi.

The Gunners rejected a loan offer from the Italian side last week.

But Starsport understands the Premier League giants could be open to a sale if Inter offer up the £35m Arsenal paid to sign the German international from Valencia last summer.

Mustafi is a first-team regular for the club and starred alongside Laurent Koscielny at the back last term.

However the 25-year-old has struggled to bond with some of his team-mates, making a sale possible for the Germany international.

Any transfer will be dependent on a replacement being lined up first, though.

Arsenal sold centre-back Gabriel Paulista to Valencia last week, leaving Koscielny, Mustafi, Rob Holding and veteran Per Mertesacker jostling for a start.

Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are also contenders to play in the back three system Arsene Wenger is currently deploying.

Mustafi made 26 Premier League appearances last season, scoring twice.

He made his first appearance of the current campaign on Saturday, when Arsenal lost 1-0 at Stoke.

Mustafi returned to pre-season training late for the club after a busy summer with Germany at the Confederations Cup.

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