Arsenal set to bid £20m for Valencia's Shkodran Mustafi

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It's been a largely underwhelming summer transfer window for Arsenal thus far.

Despite getting off to the perfect start on May 25 by securing the signature of highly-rated Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, the Gunners have since managed just two low-key signings in Takuma Asano and Rob Holding.

Simply put, with their Premier League rivals busy making world-class recruitments, Arsenal risk falling behind even before the new season has begun.


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It would seem Arsene Wenger is aware of that fact, though.

According to Goal, the Frenchman is lining up an opening bid of £20 million to sign a new - and improved - centre-back to replace the injured Per Mertesacker.

And the man in question? Shkodran Mustafi.

After weeks of speculation, Wenger is ready to begin an official pursuit for Valencia's World Cup winner, who is said to be available for somewhere in the region of £20-25 million.

Arsenal fans will only hope the potential arrival of Mustafi will spark something of a transfer influx.

Further signings are needed at the Emirates Stadium if Mesut Ozil and co. are to launch and maintain a strong Premier League title bid - something they struggled to do last term.

A new striker is another top priority but, if reports are to be believed, Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.

The France international has scored a remarkable 48 league goals in the last two seasons and represents the world-class forward needed in north London to replace - or at least provide competition for - Olivier Giroud.

And Lyon would be prepared to sell too if the price is right, according to manager Bruno Genesio.

He said, per Sky Sports: "He can leave if Lyon want him to.

"There are some offers that you cannot refuse. My desire as manager is that the best players stay and Lacazette is very important for the team."

Arsenal recently had a £30 million bid rejected for Lacazette but it's believed they are due to return with an improved offer nearer the £35 million mark.

The issue remains, though, that Lyon are holding out for £40 million.

Riyad Mahrez continues to be linked with a switch from Premier League champions Leicester City, but rumours surrounding his potential move have quietened in recent days.

What's certain is Wenger's eyes have finally been opened to the impending doom he faces should he opt against making further additions to his Arsenal squad.

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