Arsenal finally set to awaken from their transfer window slumber

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Shkodran Mustafi on his way to Arsenal?
Shkodran Mustafi on his way to Arsenal?

Arsenal are in talks to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi in a deal believed to be worth around £25m, according to reports emerging from his native Germany.

Sky Germany are among those reporting that the Gunners have entered negotiations to sign the 24-year-old defender, after Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted he had been forced to dip into the transfer market to sign defensive cover.

A long-term injury to Per Mertesacker has left Arsenal short of defensive cover, with Germany international Mustafi evidently at the top of his wanted list if the latest reports are accurate.

The former Sampdoria defender started his career in English football with Everton, but he left the Merseyside club after failing to make a Premier League appearance and was forced to make his name in the Italian and then Spanish league.

Mustafi played 28 league games for Valencia last season, but he would not be the high profile signing Arsenal fans had been hoping for as they continue to hope for the arrival of a proven goal scorer to lead the line.

Gunners chief-executive Ivan Gazidis has already moved to dilute he expectations of the club’s supporters this week stating his club could not compete with some of their Premier League rivals for the top stars in the game.

While the arrival of Mustafi will be welcomed by some, Arsenal will need to get off to a flying start this season if they are to avoid a rising tide of discontent from their Emirates Stadium congregation.