Report: German international Shkodran Mustafi keen on Arsenal switch

Germany's Shkodran Mustafi celebrates with teammates after scoring their first goal

Arsenal have been linked with Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi.

Germany's Shkodran Mustafi celebrates after scoring their first goal

According to the Mirror (live transfer thread, July 29th 2016 at 22:42), Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi is keen on a move to Arsenal amid interest in the defender.

The report claims that the Gunners have an interest in the £25 million-rated centre-back as they look for cover for Per Mertesacker, and the feeling is seemingly mutual as a potential deal draws closer.

Arsenal have been fairly quiet in the transfer window thus far, with holding midfielder Granit Xhaka being the only big-money signing to arrive following his move from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Germany's Shkodran Mustafi celebrates with teammates after scoring their first goal

Many supporters still feel the club are light in terms of genuine goal scorers, yet boss Arsene Wenger is evidently more interested in bolstering his side’s defensive ranks.

Laurent Koscielny, Calum Chambers, Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista are the club’s four main centre-backs, yet the latter three arguably aren’t consistent enough to warrant a regular starting spot.

Mustafi, 24, is a German international and widely regarded as one of the best defenders in La Liga having starred since a 2014 move from Sampdoria.

Germany's Shkodran Mustafi celebrates with teammates after scoring their first goalGermany's Shkodran Mustafi celebrates with teammates after scoring their first goal

The former Everton man is capable of playing in the middle or as a right-back, and last season averaged an impressive 4.4 interceptions and 5.3 effective clearances per league encounter.

The report goes on to say that the player has a £42.1 million release clause in his contract, yet Arsenal will be hopeful of securing a deal for a much smaller figure.

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