Arsenal to increase bid for impressive Euro ace, still £5m short of valuation

Arsenal are set to up their initial £15.2m offer for Shkodran Mustafi to £20m, but that sum is still short of Valencia’s £25m asking price, according to reports from Goal.

The Germany international, who starred for his nation at EURO 2016 earlier this summer, has emerged as a target for the Gunners over the course of the last week following a mini defensive crisis in north London.

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Per Mertesacker is set miss the bulk of the first half of the season after picking up an injury, while Lauren Koscielny is unlikely to be at full fitness for the start if the campaign after a long European Championship campaign with France.

The north London club are understood to have opened the bidding at £15.2m, some £25m short of Valencia’s asking price, and reports claim that they’re now willing to go up to £20m for him.

Mustafi, 24, has been identified as the sort of progressive, ball playing option needed by Arsene Wenger, who is known for his desire to play attractive, attacking football.

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