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Arsenal have entered talks to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, according to reports.
Wenger has always stated he is keen on signing a defender but the French man has been made to step up his efforts after losing Per Mertesacker to injury.
It was earlier reported that the club made enquiries about the defender an have now stepped up its pursuit.
According to Sky Sports via Football Insider, Arsenal have opened talks to sign the German defender. The defender has a £42m release clause but the deal is expected to cost the Gunners a total of £33.4m. The fee would be broken down into a £25m initial fee and an additional £8.4m based on add ons and performance related bonus
Although a formal offer is yet to be made but the club are in talks with the player’s representative over a possible move.
Mustafi was a key member of the German squad and the defender helped Joachim Low’s troops to the Semi Final stage, scoring the team’s first goal in the process.
The defender is seen as a leader and an experienced player despite being just 24 years of age. The defender is also not a stranger to the Premier League spending 3 years at Everton and he wld be a quality addition to the squad
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