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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed Arsenal are prepared to hold fresh talks with Valencia over signing Shkodran Mustafi, according to reports.
Wenger has stepped up his search for a centre back following Mertesacker’s long term injury, the defender is currently sidelined until at least next year. Gabriel is also struggling with a minor injury, Wenger knows he is short of options at the back.
The Frenchman revealed to French media that the Gunners are in advance negotiations for the 24-year-old German international.
‘Mustafi? We hope it will be done. We are struggling to find the players we need,’ said Wenger.
‘He is one of a number of players we are looking at. Negotiations are ongoing.’
It seems a deal could be announced by Monday as popular Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli revealed Arsenal could finally sign Mustafi after the Valencia agreed a €30m (£26m) deal with Arsenal.