Report: German defender Mustafi agrees personal terms with Arsenal

Arsenal could be about to address their central defensive issues with the signing of German international Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia.

A five-year deal is believed to have been agreed upon by both the player and the Gunners, though the La Liga side are yet to accept a fee, believed to be in the region of £30 million.


Mustafi, 24, was a member of the Germany squad at EURO 2016 and scored in their opening group game against Ukraine.

Mustafi has a £42million release clause; but Valencia have told Arsenal they will accept £30million. The Gunners have shown a reluctance to meet the fee but have now succumbed given their current defensive crisis.

Daily Mail

The move has come about following preseason injuries to Per Mertesacker (knee) and Gabriel (ankle) and both will be out for a number of months.

Frenchman Laurent Koscielny is not yet up to match speed, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, but could still feature against Liverpool on Sunday.

Mustafi was on the books of another Premier League side, Everton, as a youngster but never made a first team appearance.

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