Sky: Euro defender keen to join Arsenal, work still to be done to complete deal
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia but work is still to be done to complete the deal, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog on Sunday night (7.59pm) that Mustafi is keen to join the Gunners as they seek defensive cover following a spate of injuries at the back.
But it is said that there is still work to be done as Arsenal have yet to formally agree personal terms for the Germany international.
This comes after reports from Germany that the London giants are on the brink of signing the 24-year-old.
“Mustafi deal to Arsenal nearly done,” Sky Germany reporter Marc Behrenbeck said on his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning. “Player and Club agreed on contract. Final talks with Valencia to come.”
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— Marc Behrenbeck (@Sky_Marc) August 11, 2016
Wenger has reportedly tabled a £26 million bid for the Valencia centre-back after trying for a number of weeks to bring in defensive cover.
The Arsenal manager, who signed England Under-21 international Rob Holding from Bolton last month, has not been able to complete any senior defender deals.
Rookie duo Holding and Calum Chambers paired up in the centre of the Arsenal defence as Liverpool ran amok either side of half time to secure a notable win for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
But the Gunners are in hot pursuit of German defender Mustafi, who 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, 24, has three years left on his current deal in Spain, but could be tempted by a move to the Premier League.
Defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin has been training as a make shit centre-back during pre-season, but Wenger could also turn to youngsters Callum Chambers and Holding.
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