It must be tough being an Arsenal fan during transfer windows.
Time and time again they are made to watch their Premier League rivals splash out on big signings while they have to make do with one or two uninspiring purchases.
This summer seems to be no different.
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While Manchester United have been busy securing the services of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan - and are on the verge of completing a deal with Paul Pogba - the Gunners have brought the likes of Rob Holding and Takuma Asano.
However, one area that Arsene Wenger has made it clear that the club need to strengthen this summer is at centre-back.
Laurent Koscielny will miss the start of the season due to the Euro 2016 excursions while Per Mertesacker has been ruled out for a few months with a knee injury.
Wenger knows he needs a defender
"We will see some of our young centre backs on Thursday as well. With Per being out, we are a bit short on the experience front and we are looking to bring somebody in,” the French boss admitted.
And it seems that Wenger has found the ideal central defender to fill Mertesacker's void. That’s because Sky Sports say their colleagues at Sky Germany are reporting that the Emirates club are in talks to sign Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi.
The 24-year-old appeared for Germany at Euro 2016 and has a release clause of £42.1 million. However, the report claims that Mustafi could be available for £25.3m plus a further 8.4m in add-ons.
The German teamed up with his Valencia teammates on Thursday but his agent is expected to fly to Spain to discuss his possible transfer with the Spanish club.
For those that don’t remember, Mustafi has already played for a Premier League club. In 2009, he joined Everton but only managed to play 15 minutes in the Europa League during his three seasons there.
Gooners will no doubt be praying that Wenger can get the deal with Mustafi over the line as they seek to win their first Premier League title since 2004.
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