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Mustafi deal in doubt? Arsenal looking at defensive pair (not Kjaer or Toprak)

Arsenal remain keen to secure a deal for Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, but France Football claim they have alternative targets in mind, with Fabian Schar of Hoffenheim and Monaco’s Marcel Tisserand being eyed.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with the 24-year-old Germany international in recent days, but with no deal in place between the two clubs the potential transfer is stalling.

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It’s been mooted that Arsenal are already looking at other options – Sky Sports have named Omer Toprak and Simon Kjaer as alternatives – and reports claim that Schar and Tisserand are being considered.

Schar, a Switzerland international, only joined Hoffenheim last summer after a decent spell in his homeland with Basel, and is considered to be a composed, ball-playing central defender.

Tisserand is now in Monaco’s first-team plans, but he has been on loan at Toulouse since 2014.

Arsenal are currently gripped by a defensive injury crisis, with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel both sidelined and Laurent Koscielny not match-ready after a long EURO 2016 campaign with France.

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