You never really know what to make of all the Arsenal transfer rumours doing the rounds of the football media, but I tend to keep an open mind and use the old saying about their being no smoke without fire most of the time. Going on that premise it seems likely that the Valencia and Germany international defender Shkodran Mustafi is one of the players that Arsene Wenger is considering for a summer transfer to Arsenal.
The Frenchman has already said that an experienced defender is one of the things he must get done and the German seems a likely choice. However, according to a Daily Mail report the Gunners are yet to make his Spanish club a concrete offer and has merely inquired about the 25-year old. The report goes on to claim that this delay by Wenger could prove to be a disaster, as it has left the door open for our big spending Premier League rivals.
Their new manager Antonio Conte is desperate to add to his own centre back options and has apparently failed in his attempts to sign a couple of big names this summer. If the Italian does make Valencia a decent offer then we will have to match it and we all know that Wenger does not like bidding wars, so has he waited too long? If so, will we have to accept a second rate defender instead of Mustafi?