Report: Everton complicating Arsenal's chase for Mustafi

Germany's Shkodran Mustafi and Italy's Simone Zaza in action

Everton are unwittingly complicating Arsenal's desire to sign Shkodran Mustafi.

Germany's Shkodran Mustafi and Italy's Simone Zaza in actionGermany's Shkodran Mustafi and Italy's Simone Zaza in action

Arsenal's top transfer target is German defender Shkodran Mustafi, but they appear no closer to getting a deal over the line.

Their weak injury hit back line was exposed by Liverpool at the weekend as they conceded four goals and slipped to a defeat.

The Mirror report their attempts to sign Mustafi from Valencia are being complicated by Everton, a team the German once played for as a youngster.

Germany's Shkodran Mustafi reacts after missing a chance to scoreGermany's Shkodran Mustafi reacts after missing a chance to score

This is because the Toffees are trying to sign Aymen Abdennour from Valencia, and the La Liga side are adamant they do not want to sell both defenders.

Abdennour would net Valencia less money, but Mustafi is by far a more important player.

Aymen Abdennour of Valencia challenges Cristiano RonaldoAymen Abdennour of Valencia challenges Cristiano Ronaldo

Everton have recently signed Ashley Williams from Swansea but are keen to add another defender, and Sunderland's unwillingness to sell Lamine Kone has them looking at Abdennour.

For Arsenal it is just a headache they could do without, with time running out, and their need to add a defender even more important than Everton's, due to their injury crisis.

Mustafi was linked early last week as soon as Gabriel Paulista went down, and time is ticking away towards the end of the transfer window.

The closer it gets to deadline the harder it will be to convince Valencia to sell, as their own time to sign a replacement will be shortened.

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