Arsenal are in talks to sign Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, according to Sky Germany via Sky Sports.
The Gunners have yet to submit a bid for the German defender, but reports claim he could be available for a fee of around £25.3million plus add-ons, which could total to a further £8.4million.
Mustafi has a minimum fee release clause of £42.1million in his Valencia contract, but Los Ches are unlikely to demand close to that fee for the defender because quite simply they need a cash injection following a poor campaign in La Liga.
Extraordinary recent rise
Mustafi has undergone an extraordinary rise in the past four years. In 2012 the Germany international was released by Everton, after being deemed surplus to requirements by then-boss David Moyes.
The Scot allowed Mustafi to leave in order to find first team football, which he did at Italian club Sampdoria. He impressed at Samp, before moving to Valencia in 2014 for a fee reported to be 8million euros, where he has develop further.
He developed so well that he was part of the Germany squad for World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016, even scoring in the opening game of the latter in a victory over Ukraine. At 24-years-old he is regarded as a player with immense potential.
Arsenal needs a centre-back
It’s been well reported that Arsenal are in need of a new centre-back this summer, following Per Mertesacker’s injury. In truth, the Gunners were in need of an experienced central defender before the German’s injury.
The signing of youngster Rob Holding was no doubt, a typical sign a youngster and hope for the best from Arsene Wenger. Why did he not make a move for a player like Mustafi prior to now?
The former-Everton fits into lots of categories. He is young enough to have lots of potential, but he also has experience of playing in three different countries.
He would be a good signing
Mustafi has developed into a very good player and is not part of the Germany set-up for no reason. This story seems to go against everything boss Arsene Wenger believes in.
The veteran French boss only usually writes that size cheque for an attacking midfielder. This story does not sound like a Wenger move at all.
Arsenal needs a centre-back and Mustafi seems like the ideal solution. However, knowing the way that Wenger deals in the transfer market he will probably go for a far cheaper option.
Would Shkodran Mustafi be a good signing for Arsenal?