There is report in the Daily Mail claiming that Arsenal are ready to start their transfer market pursue with a £30m bid for Valencia defender Shkodran this week.
The Gunners are also believed to be interest in West Brom’s Jonny Evans, however that’ll only happen if the club move for Mustafi, who is rated at £40m, does not finalise in this coming week.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does have a single fully-fit first team centre-back at his disposal for the club opening match against Liverpool after Gabriel suffered an ankle injury in the friendly victory over Manchester City on Sunday.
The Brazilian suffered an ankle injury that has reportedly sets him out for the next two months, Per Mertesacker out for a few months on injury too and Laurent Koscienly is rested after his time with France at the Euro’s.
The French defender reportedly returned back for pre-season training on Monday and could now be rushed back by the boss for the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s men despite his lack of fitness.
It has been reported that Wenger had earmarked Koscielny for a place on the bench against Liverpool on Sunday but he could now be thrust into the starting XI to ease Arsenal’s defensive problems. Left-back Nacho Monreal could also be used as a makeshift central defender this weekend.
The only centre-backs Wenger has to think about ahead of the clash against Liverpool are Calum Chambers and new signing Rob Holding.
In recent reports, the signature of Mustafi could be close for Arsenal as Valencia now turns to Eliaquim Mangala as a replacement for the German defender.