After what seemed an abrupt end to Arsene Wenger’s pursuit of Shkodran Mustafi, frustration amongst the fans grew to new heights of impatience but the Gunners can now rejoice as Arsenal enter advance negotiations to sign the player from Valencia.
According to David Ornstein, Arsenal are close to sealing a deal for the centre-back. The BBC correspondent disclosed the information on Twitter where he also disclosed Gunners reaching an agreement for striker Lucas Perez.
Arsenal close to agreeing deal to sign Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi. #AFC will pay fee in excess of £35m for Germany international
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) 25 August 2016
Wenger had initially bid £20 million for the Germany international but Valencia ended all possibilities of a deal by stating that the defender was not for sale. Now Arsenal has made a bid of over £35 million which has finally convinced the Spanish club to sell.
The Germany international will be Arsenal’s most expensive defender to date, and the third most expensive defender in history. The most lucrative being David Luiz’s transfer of £50 million followed by the recent John Stones deal between Everton and Manchester City of £47.5 million.
Arsene Wenger has already spent £35 million on Granit Xhaka and paid around £9 million for Rob Holding, forward Takuma Asano and midfielder Kelechi Nwakali combined. The outlay of £17.1 million on Perez and £35 million on Mustafi will take Wenger’s spending close to £100 million.
Mustafi is set for a medical at the Emirates Stadium on Friday after agreeing personal terms with the club (via Guardian)
Arsenal are already struggling with the availability of their centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista and the arrival of the 24-year-old will ease Wenger’s problems in defence. It is also comes as a major relief for the fans who have been pushing Wenger to spend after a poor start to the season.