By Dominic Toner
Shkodran Mustafi is training away from the Valencia side as he waits for the green light to join Arsenal, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the centre-back is training alone in order to get match fit after missing a big chunk of pre-season.
Valencia’s public stance is that Germany international Mustafi is separate from his team-mates to simply build up his fitness but it is a clear indication that the Spanish club do not want him to get injured and scupper the chance of a move to London.
It is said he is the subject of strong interest from Arsenal and there are unlikely to be any complications to him joining the club if they meet Valencia’s £21million asking price.
The 24-year-old has emerged as a prime target for Arsene Wenger as he aims to bolster the Gunners’ defensive ranks after a spate of pre-season injuries has left them without Per Metesacker and Gabriel for the opening months of the season.
Wenger has admitted that he is in the market for a new centre-back and was forced to turn to youthful duo Calum Chambers and Rob Holding at the back for Sunday’s 4-3 defeat to Liverpool.
Mustafi has won 12 caps for his country after establishing himself as a regular for La Liga side Valencia since his transfer from Sampdoria in 2014.
The former Everton academy graduate featured for the World Cup winners at Euro 2016 and scored in the opening match against Ukraine, which his team won 2-0.
Mustafi has three years left on his current deal in Germany but could be tempted by a move to the Premier League.
In other Arsenal transfer news, their £29.5million striker target has revealed he’s open to offers.