Arsenal’s reported transfer pursuit of German defender Shkodran Mustafi rumbles on, but the latest development from The Sun states that the Gunners have offered £26 million for the Valencia centre-half.

The Gunners are struggling at the back after pre-season injuries to first-team pair Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, while Laurent Koscielny was given an extended summer break after participation at Euro 2016.

This led to inexperienced duo Rob Holding and Calum Chambers being thrown into the breach for the Premier League opener against Liverpool – which the North London side lost 4-3 at home.

Mustafi is regarded as one of Europe’s best defenders and has been very impressive since moving from Italian side Sampdoria to Valencia.

The former Everton youth player was part of the Germany squad that lifted the World Cup two years ago and also featured for Joachim Low’s men in France this summer.

Valencia are understandably reluctant to allow Mustafi to leave and as such there is no guaranteed that the Mestalla outfit will accept Arsenal’s £26 million bid.

Although injuries are a real concern for Arsene Wenger’s men currently, if Mustafi is signed because of them it could actually work out in the Emirates Stadium outfit’s favour.

Arsenal fans will hope and pray a deal to sign the German can be wrapped up before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

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