Finally, Arsenal look set to sign a new player before the season kicks off.
The Gunners have endured an awful summer, with Per Mertesacker ruled out for five months with a knee injury, and Gabriel also being stretchered off last weekend.
That leaves Laurent Koscielny as Arsenal’s only available senior centre back, but Arsene Wenger is looking to act quickly in the transfer market, and is closing in on a new defender before Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.
Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi is the man Wenger has identified to improve his back four, with the German international ready to leave Spain to further his career.
According to The Times, a fee of £20 million has been agreed between the clubs, and now Arsenal will be hoping that personal terms, contracts and a medical can be rushed through before Sunday.
It looks unlikely that Mustafi would be available for the Premier League opener, but the 24-year-old could certainly improve an Arsenal defence that is at its weakest for some years.
As we all know, Wenger has reservations about spending money, and has been frustrated in his chase for new players this summer, as rival clubs spend big money on new players such as John Stones and Paul Pogba.
Speaking about transfers this week, Wenger said:
We have to follow the prices paid by other people.Advertisement
That has gone up because the availability of money is much higher.
While the long serving Frenchman definitely has a point, £20 million for a 24-year-old German international defender looks like a no brainer.
Now all the Gunners have to do is get their man over the line, and hope their new man can provide them a base with which to mount a title challenge.