By Amir Mir

AC Milan have joined the race to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, after the Italian side failed to reach the demands of Villarreal for defender Mateo Musacchio, according to a report.

Italian outlet Plaza Deportiva claim the Serie A side have turned their attention to Mustafi after failing to land Musacchio.

Arsenal have been in the market for a new centre-back after a number of injuries forced manager Arsene Wenger to look for defensive cover.

Mustafi has been a prime target for the Frenchman and reports have claimed this week that Arsenal are preparing a new bid for the World Cup winning defender.

The Sun claimed on Thursday night that Wenger had given the green light to the club holding fresh talks with Valencia director Jesus Garcia Pitarch and that all parties were hopeful of an imminent agreement.

The Plaza Deportiva report cliams AC Milan’s chief executive Adriano Galliani has turned his attention to Mustafi after failing to reach an agreement with Musacchio.

The report also suggests Mustafi is keen on leaving Valencia with his Valencia contract running until 2019.

The German international has a £42 million release clause in his contract, but could be purchased between £20 million and £30 million.

AC Milan conceded 43 goals last term, as they finished 7th in another disappointing season, which resulted in former Roma striker Vincenzo Montella taking the reins at the San Siro.

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