Arsenal are on the verge of completing a deal for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi after the La Liga outfit conceded they need the funds, as per reports.
The North London club are without the services of Per Mertesacker [knee] who is out injured for five months and Gabriel Paulista, who is also sideline for some weeks. Laurent Koscielny is also unfit, following his exploits for France in the recently-concluded European Championships.
Boss Arsene Wenger has been searching for top quality centre-backs and the manager has earmarked West Brom’s Johnny Evans, Barcelona’s Jeremy Mathieu, Fenerbahce’s Simon Kjaer and Bayer Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak. However, Mustafi is top of Wenger’s wish list and Arsenal could now go all the way to sign the former Everton defender as Valencia are now willing to accept the Gunners’ offer for their prized asset.
Talks between Arsenal and Valencia came to a standstill last Friday as both sides haggled on a price for Mustafi. The Gunners believed Los Che’s £30m valuation of the defender was high and now, Arsenal could get their man for an amount lesser than that after the Spanish side’s chief Garcia Pitarch stated that Valencia are finding it hard to meet FFP regulations.
“We’re above the FFP guidelines, that’s the reality, and as of today, the four players we’ve signed cannot be registered, meaning we need to reduce the cost in a significant manner to register the players and sign a centre-back, which is a priority in case one of the ones at our club leaves”, Pitarch said.
Pitarch seems to be resigned to losing a centre-back, presumably Mustafi. All Arsenal need do now is return with an offer for the Germany international and the player is highly to be a Gunner!