Arsenal agree terms with Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, says agent

Arsenal have agreed terms with Valencia’s Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi, according to the player’s agent.

Ali Bulut told the German website Spox that a deal for the 24-year-old had been agreed in principle. “It now just remains for the teams to come to an agreement over the fee,” he said.

Shkodran Mustafi

If the deal goes through, Mustafi – valued by Valencia at £25m – would replace Arsenal’s long-term injury victims Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista.

Gabriel faces up to two months out with an ankle injury suffered in the pre-season friendly against Manchester City in Sweden, while Mertesacker will be missing for four to five months with a knee problem. Laurent Koscielny, meanwhile, is not yet match fit after his involvement in France’s run to the Euro 2016 final.

The defensive crisis had left Arsène Wenger with a dilemma over his selection for Sunday’s Premier League season opener at home to Liverpool – with Calum Chambers likely to partner Nacho Monreal, and Kieran Gibbs at left-back.

Mustafi joined Valencia in 2014 for €8m having impressed at Sampdoria. He had previously spent an unhappy three years at Everton, having moved to England aged 17.


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