Shkodran Mustafi would be a disastrous player for Valencia to sell, according to la Liga expert Graham Hunter.
Sky Sports have claimed that the Germany international have completed medical at the north London club ahead of a move before the close of the summer transfer window.
The same article states that Arsenal have agreed a £35m fee with Valencia and the versatile defender will sign a five-year deal with the north London side.
Mustafi has been a mainstay of los Che’s side since his move to Valencia from Serie A outfit Sampdoria in 2014.
The centre-half has scored six times in 78 appearances in all competitions for Valencia despite his defensive role in los Che’s team.
La Liga expert Graham Hunter believes losing Mustafi will be a huge blow to Valencia, highlighting the type of player that Arsenal will be signing.
”Mustafi is a disastrous player for them to sell. He is very, very good. Arsenal are signing well there,” Hunter told Newstalk’s Off The Ball podcast.
The German defender is traditionally a no-nonsense type of defender who isn’t afraid to put his body on the line to break up an opposition’s attack.
He’s comfortable on the ball but isn’t likely to go charging up the pitch, dribbling past everyone in his way. Instead he’ll prefer to push forward but then look for a long ball up to the main striker, or over the top for someone to run on to.
His long range passing is an area he is working on but as with most defenders, it can be hit and miss. Mustafi is positionally strong although he has been caught out a couple of times when he’s overcommitted to a challenge around the halfway line.
That isn’t the norm, mind, as he’s actually very good at reading the play and more often than not times his challenges to perfection
The Gunners finished in second place in the Premier League table last season but 10 points behind champions Leicester City.
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2004.