Arsenal are reportedly still confident they will sign defender Shkodran Mustafi, but may be forced to wait until the weekend to secure the deal.

The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to London, but Goal claim the deal is not as close as recent reports may suggest and is still a few days away from completion.

It was thought the centre-back was on the verge of a transfer over the weekend, but there now seems to be disagreements between the two clubs.

Talks between Arsenal and Valencia have not progressed since Friday, but the Gunners believe they can still strike a £29million deal for Mustafi.

Arsenal are extremely light in the centre-back department with captain Per Mertesacker injured and fellow first-choice defender Laurent Koscielny still some way off full fitness after a summer playing for France in Euro 2016.

Liverpool put four past the Gunners on Sunday as they ran makeshift pairing Calum Chambers and Rob Holding ragged, but Arsenal fans could be made wait another weekend before reinforcements arrive with Mustafi’s father dismissing claims the deal was almost done.

‘He is a Valencia player,’ Kujtim Mustafi told Goal.

‘This is the only important thing for now. I cannot confirm anything [regarding how close a deal is]. This is a matter concerning only Valencia and my son.’

The 24-year-old Germany international has emerged as a top defensive talent after impressing at Sampdoria and Valencia and has been part of German squads at the last two major international tournaments.

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.

Wenger’s boys travel to Leicester on Saturday to face the defending Premier League champions hoping to put their opening day defeat behind them with a good result against the Foxes.


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