Gabriel Paulista looks likely to seal a move to Valencia this summer, but will Arsenal need to buy another defender to replace him? The Brazilian featured in 19 Premier League matches last term, with most of those coming because of injury absences, and he now finds himself with a large number of rivals for a starting place.
Arsenal have officially announced the signing of German international Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia, although they do not quote the fee paid within their announcement.
This is how they announced his arrival on the official Arsenal website.
‘German World Cup-winning centre back Shkodran Mustafi has joined us from Valencia.
It looks like the transfer of Shkodran Mustafi to Arsenal is now a foregone conclusion, with the latest news being reported by the Evening Standard telling us that the German international centre back has flown to London to complete his medical.
Arsenal are claimed to have agreed a deal to sign Deportivo La Coruna’s Lucas Perez yesterday, and are now claimed to have agreed a fee with Valencia for Shkodran Mustafi also.
The Spanish striker will already be booked in to fly to London to complete a medical this week, having been withdrawn from his current club’s squad which will take on Real Betis on Friday.
Arsenal have been linked with a deal to sign Shkodran Mustafi for a number of weeks now, and the deal is now said to be in the balance.
Valencia are claimed to have raised their asking price to £50 Million for the German international, which will certainly not be paid by the Gunners, but they are working on their own deal to sign Pedro from Chelsea.
Arsene Wenger has made a vow to the Arsenal fans this week that there will be another centre back added to the playing staff before the end of the summer transfer window. While the Frenchman has previously pleaded for patience and understanding of how hard it is to get the right players in, this confidence is certainly a turnaround so perhaps it is because he is already on the verge of completing a deal.
Arsenal are claimed to have been offered the chance to sign Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour, instead of defensive partner Shkodran Mustafi.
The Gunners were forced to field an inexperienced pairing at centre-back this week, and were severely punished by Liverpool, who in turn put four goals past us.
The transfer of Shkodran Mustafi to Arsenal will not be done in time for the Germany international centre back to help the Gunners get the Premier League season off to a good start against Liverpool on Sunday, but it will hopefully mean that the talented defender will be lining up against the EPL champions Leicester City in our second league match next weekend, after Metro reported that his agent has confirmed that an agreement was in place between the Gunners and the his client.