The Germany international’s agent has confirmed his client is edging closer to a switch to the Emirates Stadium, in a move which will ease the Gunners’ injury crisis at the back
Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi has agreed personal terms with Arsenal ahead of a move to the Emirates Stadium, with the deal expected to go through this coming weekend.
Arsene Wenger has been keen to bolster his defensive options after injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, while Laurent Koscielny has only just returned to training following his Euro 2016 exploits with France.
Having spent two days in talks at Valencia’s training ground, Mustafi’s agent has now confirmed a deal is getting closer, with Arsenal only needing to agree a fee with Valencia to complete the move.
“Shkodran and Arsenal have reached an agreement, the clubs now only have to agree on the fee,” Ali Bulut told Spox.
Goal revealed on Wednesday that Arsenal had been pressing to land Mustafi before they face Liverpool in their Premier League opener on Sunday.
The Gunners must sign Mustafi by 11:00 BST on Friday for the 24-year-old to be registered in time to face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on home soil.
Mustafi will become Arsenal’s fourth summer signing should he secure a move to north London, following the earlier arrivals of Granit Xhaka, Takuma Asano and Rob Holding.
The Germany international started his career at Everton before joining Valencia in 2014 after a short stint with Sampdoria in between.