By Alex Taylor
Shkodran Mustafi knows nothing of Arsenal’s interest and has no agreement to join the Premier League club, according to a Spain-based journalist.
Arsene Wenger is reported to already have had a £26million bid for defender Shkodran Mustafi rejected by Valencia after the player and club had agreed personal terms on Friday.
The Germany international, 24, has emerged as a prime target for 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.
But Yahoo’s La Liga football writer Andrew Gaffney has quoted Spanish publication Super Deporte on his personal Twitter account on Friday morning.
The Spanish report cites Mustafi’s father as saying the defender has no agreement to join Arsenal and a deal is not close.
“Mustafi knows nothing of interest from Arsenal,” Gaffney tweeted. “He isn’t negotiating with Arsenal and, of course, has no agreement with Arsenal.
Mustafi knows nothing of interest from Arsenal, he isn’t negotiating w/ Arsenal and, of course, has no agreement w/ Arsenal @superdeporte_es
— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) August 12, 2016
Wenger has admitted that he is in the market for a new centre-back, although midfield enforcer Francis Coquelin is being considered as a stop-gap option ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener against 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 Bon