World Cup winner wants Arsenal move

Valencia centre-half Shkodran Mustafi wants a move to Arsenal and a deal could be done in forthcoming days, according to The Mirror.

The Gunners are facing an injury crisis ahead of the new season, with confirmation that Per Mertesacker is to miss a number of months due to a knee injury.

With Laurent Koscielny still on his summer break after participation at Euro 2016 and Gabriel suffering from tonsillitis, Arsene Wenger is light on experienced options at the centre of his defence.

Mustafi has come on leaps and bounds since being a youngster at Everton, with the versatile star impressing at Sampdoria and now Valencia.

He was part of the Germany squad that won the World Cup in 2014 and also featured for Joachim Low’s men at Euro 2016.

Signing Mustafi would be a real boost for the North London club and enhance Wenger’s options when everyone was fit – and would also prevent a situation where Francis Coquelin may well be forced to play out of position to cover gaps.