Arsenal stepping up interest in Euro giants’ star, deal is doable (not Lacazette)

Arsenal are ready to step up their interest in Shkodran Mustafi of Valencia, with the La Liga club willing to sell for the right price, according to reports from El Desmarque.

The German centre-back, who won the World Cup in 2014 with Die Mannschaft and was a part of their EURO 2016 set-up, has shone since leaving Everton as a youngster.

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Indeed his performances at Sampdoria earned him a 2014 switch to Valencia, where he has since impressed at the heart of Los Che’s backline.

Recent rumours have suggested that Arsenal are keen on the 24-year-old, and now reports claim that they’re eager to step up their pursuit of him following a mini defensive crisis.

Per Mertesacker is believed to be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee problem, while Laurent Koscielny is unlikely to be ready for the start of the new season after an intense European Championship campaign with France, leaving Arsene Wenger short of options ahead of an opening day game with Liverpool.

Mustafi is seen as a solution to the growing concerns, and although Valencia’s official stance is that he’s not for sale, reports suggest that with Financial Fair Play an issue at the Mestalla a tempting offer may lure him away from Spain.

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