The Gunners are weighing their options in the transfer market as their move for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi reaches a deadlock, per reports.
Arsenal have now turned their attentions to Bayer Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak as the transfer window draws to a close.
The Gunners are growing increasingly frustrated with their inability to sign Mustafi – with both the London outfit and Valencia haggling over a transfer fee for the Germany international defender. Reports claim both sides are remaining firm on their valuation of the 24-year old centre-back, who is regarded as one of the best in the Spanish top flight.
Now, Arsenal are focusing on Leverkusen’s Toprak as well as Fenerbahce’s Simon Kjaer as alternatives – per BBC’s David Ornstein – should the Mustafi deal finally fall through.
Earlier in July, Leverkusen’s general manager Jonas Boldt will not be allowed to leave the club as fellow Bundesliga contenders Borussia Dortmund registered an interest. Toprak, 27, is regarded as one of the top defenders in the BuLi and the German side may be railroaded into selling the defender to a club outside Germany, preferably Arsenal if they push through with a reasonable offer.
The Ravensburg-born defender is a Turkish international, having represented Germany in the U-19 level. His addition to the Gunners’ rearguard will provide manager Arsene Wenger will enough options in defence.