Arsenal have agreed personal terms with German International defender Shkodran Mustafi, according to latest reports from Sky Sports.
The report understands that a direct statement has been made from player’s agent Ali Bulut, who said: “Shkodran & Arsenal have reached an agreement. The clubs now only have to agree on the fee.”
— Marc Behrenbeck (@Sky_Marc) August 11, 2016
The move comes at the right time for Gunners as they currently have Per Mertesacker and Gabriel both ruled out with long-term injuries. Mustafi, 24 is regarded as one of the best defenders in Europe and he will only add value to Arsenal’s compact but fragile back-line.
The transfer fee is expected to be in the region of €25-30million which may seem like a bargain after seeing John Stones sign for Manchester City in a record £50m transfer.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal are expected to close the deal in next 48 hours and are hopeful of fielding Mustafi for their season opener vs. Liverpool.
Chelsea and Manchester United were also linked with Mustafi but their delay and eagerness to look at other options allowed Arsenal enough time to make a concrete offer which could see them sign the 24-year-old defender in next 48 hours.