Rumour: Arsenal linked with surprise Shkodran Mustafi transfer

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Arsenal are in talks with the agent of German international Shkodran Mustafi, 24.

The Gunners priority this summer has been to sign another forward and they have been linked with a host of strikers. However, Per Mertesacker, 31, suffered a knee injury during Friday’s friendly with Racing Club Lens and initial reports have suggested he is out until January.

Whilst the Gunners have signed Rob Holding, 20, from Bolton Wanderers, Arsene Wenger is reluctant to throw the youngster in at the deep end. His only other option is Calum Chambers, 21, who is himself a target for Watford.

Mustafi spent three years at Everton but made just one appearance before moving to Sampdoria where he established himself in the starting line-up. Joining Valencia in 2014 gave his career a bigger boost, culminating in his inclusion in the German squad for this summer’s Euro 2016 where he scored his first goal for his country in the 2 – 0 win over Ukraine.

Under contract at the Mestalla until 2019, Arsenal won’t be able to land Mustafi cheaply. Mertesacker’s injury and continuing doubts over 25 year-old Gabriel are leading the Gunners into action. The Brazilian has a poor grasp of English which has fuelled concerns he won’t make the progress Arsene Wenger expected.

With experience in Serie A and La Liga, as well as a dozen international caps, Mustafi fits the bill as an archetypal Wenger signing.

 

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