Skysport: Arsenal open talks with Mustafi as senior figure jets in, deal worth £34m

Arsenal have reportedly open talks with Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi in a deal that could worth £33.4million, according to report.

The report however is according to Sky Germany – as cited by Sky Sports transfer blog – who claimed on Thursday, that the north London side are working on a deal to sign the German World Cup winner centre-back.

The report also went on claiming that the German defender has a release clause of £42million, but same report still reveals the Gunners might end up signing the German for £25million plus £8.4million in add-ons.

Arsene Wenger side have been tracking the Valencia’s centre-back for some time and the report according to the Sky news outlet claims that the Gunners had made an enquiry as to the availability of the former World Cup winner.

However, the north London side are still yet to lodge a bill for the German star.

Mustafi trained with his Valencia team-mates for the first time on Thursday since Euro 2016 and his agent will fly to Spain to discuss the transfer fee in the deal that would take him to Arsenal.

Wenger has been keen on bolstering his defensive ranks after a spate of pre-season injuries have left his side short at the back, with Mustafi’s compatriot Per Mertesacker ruled out for up tofive months.

The French boss has also admitted that he is in the market for a new centre-back, although French’s midfield enforcer Francis Coquelin is being considered as a stop-gap option.

It is believed that the Los Che’s Sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch is said to consider using the money to refresh his squad with experienced La Liga players and talented youngsters.

Mustafi, 24, has won 12 caps for Germany 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 Germany but could be tempted by a move to the Premier League.

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