Arsenal close to ‘easing defensive crisis with £20m signing’

Date published: Thursday 11th August 2016 10:24

Arsenal have stepped up their efforts to complete a £20m deal for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi but it will not be completed in time for Liverpool.

After Gabriel was ruled out for two months, a new centre-back has become a pressing need for the Gunners who only have Callum Chambers and Rob Holding as their fully-fit options in the heart of defence.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere has also called on the club to bring in a new defender and looks set to get his and many Arsenal fans’ wish fulfilled.

Mustafi was left out of Valencia’s squad in a pre-season friendly against a Nigerian All-Star team, sparking speculation that he is heading to London to complete a deal with the Gunners.

The Sun believe Arsene Wenger has given the green light to sign the 24-year-old but, with personal terms and a medical to complete, the transfer will not go through until early next week.

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