By Alex Taylor
Valencia have insisted that they are not in talks with any club over a deal for Arsenal target Shkodran Mustafi, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that the Spanish outfit are saying they have not opened negotiations with the Gunners for Mustafi, who has been strongly linked with a £20million-plus move to Emirates Stadium.
The north Londoners have made only one senior singing this summer, agreeing a deal at the start of the window for Granit Xhaka from Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Germany international Mustafi, 24, 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 have left them without Per Mertesacker 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.
German defender Mustafi has won 12 caps for his country after establishing himself as a regular for his La Liga side 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 Spain, but could be tempted by a move to the Premier League.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners are preparing to lodge a £30million bid for Manchester City striker Wilfred Bony