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Were Arsenal priced out for Omer Toprak this summer? 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Arsenal only opted to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi as they weren’t willing to meet the asking price for Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Omer Toprak. The highly-rated Bundesliga defender is reportedly available for £40M, but the Gunners instead have opted for a player £5M less in Mustafi after agreeing personal terms.

At one point this summer, it did look like Toprak would the defender coming in as the Mustafi deal stalled over a transfer fee, but now the German international has all but signed ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash. Toprak is three years Mustafi’s senior, but has developed into a top central defender with Leverkusen over the years.

Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez to undergo their Arsenal medicals today 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal’s proposed transfer targets Shkodran Mustafi of Valencia and Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna should be undergoing their medicals with the London club today, and Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has said the pair could be unveiled by Arsenal this afternoon – “Mustafi is travelling to London and will be presented as an Arsenal player alongside Lucas Perez around 3pm today.”

Arsenal set to sign Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi 1

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi. The German international looked set to stay at the Mestalla Stadium this summer with Arsenal previously failing to meet Valencia’s asking price, but a fee of £35M has been agreed and personal terms were finalised days earlier.

Mustafi was the number one target on the Gunners’ shortlist after losing Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista to long-term injuries, and manager Arsene Wenger will be looking to develop him in the coming years to reach the level of Laurent Koscielny. The 24-year-old has the potential, representing his country in the 2016 European Championships, and has been keen to push the deal through.

Arsenal’s bid to sign Valencia defender Mustafi a long way off 1

Posted on August 18, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to Plaza Deportiva, Arsenal’s deal to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi hasn’t taken off as the Gunners are yet to make an official bid. Reports in the last few weeks had suggested Arsenal and Mustafi had agreed personal terms, but Valencia still haven’t received an acceptable bid from the London club despite their desperation for a defender.

Arsenal have less than two weeks until the summer transfer window closes but they only have two fit centre-backs and one senior defender who has been afforded a late summer holiday. Their first game of the new season could hardly have been worse either with Liverpool putting four goals past them at the Emirates Stadium, so the pressure is on Wenger to shore up the backline before the Gunners are left behind in the title race.

Mustafi deal stalls as Valencia and Arsenal fail to agree on a fee 3

Posted on August 15, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal’s pursuit for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi has hit an obstacle with the Gunners yet to match the asking price. The German centre-back is believed to have agreed personal terms with Arsenal, but the London outfit are still quarrelling with Valencia over price.

Reports from the Valencia camp suggest Arsenal are unrivalled in their pursuit for Mustafi, but just need to match Los Che’s valuation for the centre-back. Valencia are rumoured to be looking for €25M (£21.7M) which is a fair price for an international standard player regularly playing in the Spanish La Liga, but Arsenal have yet to meet the fee.

Arsenal open talks with Barcelona defender 0

Posted on August 12, 2016 by Milos Markovic

Premier League heavyweights Arsenal appear to have stepped up their efforts to bolster the squad in final weeks of the summer transfer window as pressure grows on Arsene Wenger, who is once again criticised for the lack of transfer activity.

And while other clubs are busy bringing in new faces and paying a lot of money to make their teams as competitive as they can, the French tactician has been chronically quiet.

A fresh injury to Arsenal defender Gabriel has however forced Wenger to make concrete moves in order to boost the defence with only a couple of days to go before the new Premier League season kicks off.

Mustafi agrees Arsenal deal (we shall see) 0

Posted on August 11, 2016 by David Nugent

According to Sky Sports, Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi has agreed to personal terms with Arsenal, but no fee has been agreed. Is that not tapping up?

Anyway, Sky are usually one of the most reliable sources of information when it comes to player deals. Hopefully, there is some truth in the story, but we shall see.

Arsene to offer some magic beans and a mars bar

If agreeing on a fee is down to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger this deal will not get done. The 24-year-old is reportedly rated in the £30million bracket by Los Ches. The veteran French boss is unlikely to pay anywhere near amount of money for a centre-back.

Valencia up the asking price for Arsenal-target Shkodran Mustafi 0

Posted on August 03, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal looked on course to sign Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi this summer as replacement for the injured Per Mertesacker, but reports from the Daily Mail have revealed the Spanish La Liga side are holding out for a much bigger price.

The German international is keen to join the Gunners, but doesn’t want to upset the applecart with Valencia currently stalling the move due to qualms about his valuation. Arsenal are believed to have offered £15M for Mustafi, but Los Che are holding out for close to £25M.

Per Mertesacker’s injury ruling him out of getting a contract extension 1

Posted on July 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is currently sidelined with a knee injury that is likely to keep him out of action until the new year. The former German international picked up the injury during Arsenal’s pre-season friendly against Lens, and the London club are now seeking a replacement in fellow German Shkodran Mustafi from Spanish La Liga side Valencia.

Mustafi, 24, played for Germany in this summer’s European Championships and is highly-regarded in Europe after coming of age at Valencia. He could well forge himself a lengthy stay at Arsenal should he make the switch to the Emirates, which could hamper Per Mertesacker’s chances of getting back into the side when he returns from injury.

Arsenal in talks over Mustafi move 0

Posted on July 29, 2016 by David Nugent

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.

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