Arsenal are expected to bid around €35m to bring Shkrodan Mustafi to North London from La Liga.
The German defender is widely accepted to be the club’s primary target as Arsene Wenger looks for defensive reinforcement in the wake of injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel.
Valencia’s financial situation pretty much dictates that they need to sell to meet FFP requirements, and the money on offer from Arsenal would go a long way to helping that even if it does leave them short defensively.
There’s very little chance a deal will be done in time for the player to be involved against Liverpool on Sunday, but he should be brought in time to face champions Leicester next weekend.
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In the meantime, Wenger has to decide whether or not to bring back Laurent Koscielny early to cope with the defensive crisis. It’s thought he’s considering moving Nacho Monreal to centre-half with Kieran Gibbs moving to left back.
We’ll find out more at his first press conference of the season on Friday.