Arsenal have offered Valencia €30m (£26m) for the signature of Shkodran Mustafi, with Arsene Wenger eager to get a deal done, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport reporter Nicolo Schira.
The Gunners were forced to field rookie Rob Holding and converted full-back Calum Chambers at the heart of their defence for their Premier League-opening loss at home to Liverpool last weekend, with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel both injured and Laurent Koscielny not yet match-fit following his EURO 2016 exploits.
Mustafi has emerged as a major target to bolster the Londoners’ ranks in recent times, but a deal for the player has stalled amid claims that Arsenal have been deterred by Valencia’s £30m valuation.
And, although the figure in question does not quite match the aforementioned price-tag, Schira has revealed that the Emirates Stadium side have indeed made an offer for the 24-year-old, with Wenger keen to get him signed up.
He tweeted: “#Arsenal has offered € 30 million to #Valencia for Shkodran #Mustafi. #Wenger wants to close. Talks ongoing #transfers #AFC”
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) August 19, 2016
Arsenal are likely to have been boosted by suggestions that Valencia have to sell players in order to align with Financial Fair Play rules.