The Times have today claimed that Arsenal are close to a breakthrough in their pursuit of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi. The German has long been linked with a move to the Emirates and both clubs are working towards a £20 million deal (via The Times).
He has been an Arsenal target for weeks but the injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista seemed to have increased the desire to get this transfer done. Shkodran Mustafi is a German World Cup winner who also represented his country at this summer’s European Championships in France.
It was revealed yesterday that Arsenal were yet to make a formal offer for the defender but these new reports seem to go away from that. The 24 year-old was left out of the Valencia squad to face a Nigeria All-Star team this Friday which only added fuel to these transfer rumours.
It’s been a very frustrating transfer window for Arsenal fans so far, watching their rivals spend big money on big players, and Arsene Wenger seems to be employing a change of policy. “We have to follow the prices paid by other people,” the manager told The Times. “That has gone up because the availability of money is much higher.”
It’s pleasing to see Wenger aware of the situation in the transfer market right now. It’s no secret that Premier League clubs are some of the wealthiest on the planet and rivals are obviously going to ask for more money as a result. Failing that, £20 million for Mustafi would be a very good deal.