Insider reveals latest on Arsenal search for a new defender

Arsenal are still keen to sign Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia this summer, according to Emanuele Giulianelli

Arsenal still have a good chance of signing Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia this summer, according to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli.

Writing in his column for Tribal Football, Giulianelli claims that the Germany international remains the north London club’s top defensive target this summer but that the two clubs are currently €5m apart in their valuation of the player.

Arsene Wenger is thought to be on the lookout for an experienced defender this summer after Per Mertesacker was ruled out of action for a number of months due to a knee injury.

The same report claims that Arsenal are trying to delay proceedings so that Valencia drop their price for the defender.

The article concludes by claiming that Jonny Evans from West Bromwich Albion and Ashley Williams of Swansea are the club’s back-up options if they are not able to sign Mustafi.

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Arsenal have been linked with a host of players in the summer transfer window but have thus far only signed midfielder Granit Xhaka, defender Rob Holding and striker Takuma Asano.

The north London side kick off their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Liverpool on 14 August.

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