Arsenal are in advanced negotiations with Valencia to sign defender Skhodran Mustafi. The fee is believed to be in the region of £35m.
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has been under pressure to strengthen his defensive options after long-term injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel, with Mustafi identified as the Frenchman’s No1 target weeks ago.
Having initially bid around £20m for the 24-year-old, negotiations have continued since then and an agreement was finally reached on Thursday, with Mustafi set for a medical before the weekend having agreed personal terms with the club.
Arsenal have already spent £35m on Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka and outlayed around £9m combined on defender Rob Holding, forward Takuma Asano and midfielder Kelechi Nwakali.