Valencia’s star defender Schkodran Mustafi has fueled a potential transfer to Arsenal by ‘liking’ Granit Xhaka’s picture on Instagram and the Gonners started to celebrate on Twitter as if Arsenal have already completed the deal.
The Gunners, who are facing something of an injury crisis at the back at the moment, will be without both Per Mertesacker and Gabriel through injury while Laurent Koscielny is yet to reach match fitness after returning late from his Euro 2016 exploits.
Like Wenger, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is also after a new centre-back. Chelsea have been linked with Roma’s Kostas Manolas and Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli. But the Stamford Bridge side have hit a brick wall in their pursuits of the Serie A duo and they are now keeping an eye on the Valencia defender.
Mustafi, the German international who has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates, was on Wednesday left out of Valencia’s matchday squad ahead of a friendly with the Nigerian All-Stars.
As the current squad situations stand, it is looking likely that Wenger will need to draft in Calum Chambers and Rob Holding as the team’s first-choice defensive partnership to take on the Reds at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
However, with Mustafi being eyed as a key target for Arsene Wenger, the 24-year-old took to Twitter to ‘like’ new Granit Xhaka’s picture:
So far Arsenal have been rather conservative in the transfer market. Granit Xhaka was a big early buy, but only future prospects Takuma Asano and Rob Holding have arrived since.
And the German defender’s latest activity quite predictably sent Arsenal fans into complete meltdown on Twitter.
Apparently Mustafi just liked one of Xhaka’s photos on Instagram lol.
— Jonathan (@afcJonathan) August 10, 2016
Mustafi liked Xhaka’s latest Instagram post Lmaooo it’s done.
— Hugo (@AssistingOzil) August 10, 2016
Mustafi liked xhaka’s picture we might as well unveil him now
— Sam (@IwobiFlick) August 10, 2016
Mustafi already follows Xhaka and they have no relation to each other. Arsenal want him signed tomorrow pic.twitter.com/R0zsod3qqC
— Sach (@SarriesKid10) August 10, 2016