Arsenal are on the verge of signing Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia; however, the Mirror report that the Gunners went all in for the La Liga defender only after missing out on their top target: Omer Toprak.
The north London outfit are currently without Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista due to injuries, leaving Wenger’s side in dire need of a new center-back. Mustafi has long been linked with a move to the Emirates, but the Mirror claim that the German international wasn’t number one on Wenger’s list ahead of the player’s speculated medical.
Toprak, who currently plies his trade with Bayer Leverkusen, was plan A, but a failure to agree on a fee saw a move for the Bundesliga center-back fall apart. Leverkusen demanded £40m for their Turkish defender before Arsenal pulled out in favor of Mustafi. This is despite the fact that Toprak is one of the highest-rated defenders in Germany’s top-tier league.
It is key to point out that Mustafi looks set to cost the Premier League side £35m, meaning £5m was enough to see Wenger back down from signing his top defensive target.
This will do little to help belief that Le Prof is stingy when it comes to transfers. Regardless, Mustafi will be welcomed if signed, especially by the fans who have been crying out for new additions before deadline day.
Rob Holding is inexperienced; Calum Chambers is unreliable, leaving Laurent Koscielny as Arsenal’s only top defender for the next two months.
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Although Mustafi might need time to adjust to English football, it shouldn’t take too long for the German to break into the starting eleven and find his feet.