Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that a deal to sign Valencia and Germany international central defender Shkodran Mustafi is all-but done, with the Gunners to unveil the star imminently.
The Emirates Stadium outfit have been urged to sign a new centre-half this summer by their fans and the North London club have duly listened.
— Sun Sport (@SunSport) August 28, 2016
Mustafi will bring a physical presence and significant experience to the Arsenal squad, with the World Cup winner impressing in Spain over recent years.
Liverpool were being linked with the German earlier in the summer but Jurgen Klopp has opted to sign Ragnar Klaven and Joel Matip instead of the Valencia star.
Chelsea meanwhile are still in the market for a new central defender by Antonio Conte’s own admission but are finding recruiting signings difficult.
With Mustafi set to move to bolster Arsenal’s squad, fans from Liverpool and Chelsea have been making their feelings clear on social media – here are the best tweets.
Arsenal signed Mustafi now? Great! In the meantime #LFC send Sakho out despite short on defenders. Got Klavan, Lovren, Matip. Not enough!
— Redpool (@1upp2ner) August 28, 2016
People saying £35 mill for Mustafi is a lot but he's better than anything we have at the back. Great deal for Arsenal.
— MagicMané (@MagicManeLFC) August 25, 2016
Maybe #AFC are overpaying for Mustafi. But he's a German International, rated highly in BBVA. IMO, a good deal considering other CB fees.
— LFC| Live News (@LFC_NEW5) August 26, 2016
We signed Matip for free Arsenal signed Mustafi for £68m, the difference.
— Gregoris Gkousis (@Gregoris96_YNWA) August 26, 2016
@simeonfc Mustafi is a level above anything Liverpool have
— Sach (@SarriesKid10) August 26, 2016
— Chelsea Patrick (@pat_1978) August 28, 2016
CFC could have solved defensive issues by signing Rodriguez & Mustafi for a reasonable £55 mil. Yet, we're hunting an ex Bolton player..smh
— Ruairi Ward (@rory97) August 26, 2016
Why arent we bidding £40m for Mustafi? #CFC
Waiting for a £45m for marquinos on 31st which will be rejected
— Peter CFC (@petercfc57) August 26, 2016
Mustafi is bang on average. Let AFC have him. Mammoth offer for K2 or recall Christensen #cfc
— CG28 (@HazaReusCFC) August 25, 2016
Chelsea's window would be a instant success if we somehow managed to hijack Mustafi.
— – (@FalseNineRoIe) August 26, 2016