Arsenal have opened negotiations for the signing of Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, according to Sky Germany.
The Gunners are in dire need of defensive reinforcements following the long-term injury to Per Mertesacker and have been strongly linked with a move for the German international recently.
Manager Arsene Wenger admitted last week that he will have to look for a central defender in the transfer market following the German centre-back’s injury.
Sky Germany has claimed that Mustafi has a release clause of £42.1 million, but Valencia would let him leave for £25.3 million plus a further £8.4 million in add-ons.
Mustafi joined Everton youth academy as a 17-year-old in 2009, but he left the Toffees without making a senior appearance for Sampdoria in 2012. He joined Los Che from Sampdoria in 2014 and has made 60 league appearances during his time with the club.
The 24-year-old was part of the Germany national team which won the 2014 FIFA World Cup and he also scored Germany’s opening goal in the 2-0 victory over Ukraine in the recently concluded European Championships.