Shkodran Mustafi

Shkodran Mustafi was absent from Valencia training due to injury concern and not because of his proposed move to Arsenal.

Mustafi has been absent from training this week despite returning from his holidays following his efforts with Germany at Euro 2016.

This sparked reports the 24-year-old was set to sign for Arsenal who have been linked with the centre-back following injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel.

However, Valencia-based newspaper Super Deporte claim Mustafi was merely training away from the first-team while nursing an injury.

The report says the defender suffered a muscle strain at the Euros and was feeling the effects in pre-season.

As a result, he trained in one-on-one sessions with Valencia fitness coach Jordi Sorli in an effort to be fit for Monday’s match against Las Palmas.

And Super Deporte claim he is now in contention and was photographed in team training yesterday.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has today talked up the Gunners chances of signing a centre-back, claiming money is not an issue for the club.

“I believe it’s better if I don’t talk about individual players, but we are ready to spend the money we have,” Wenger said.

“It is very difficult to identify people and you have many examples of people in England who spend huge money on centre-backs and not made it.”

Earlier today, Arsenal was handed a major boost in the pursuit of Shkodran Mustafi after Valencia’s director of football conceded that the German international must be sold for the club to meet Financial Fair Play regulations.

The news must have been welcomed by officials of the North London side after the club were priced out in their attempts to negotiate deals with alternative solutions to Mustafi.

But after talks over the Valencia defender appeared to stall, Wenger and his board seemed to divert their attention to the likes of Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez.

The Gunners have been long admirers of the Uruguayan’s style, however, Diego Simeone’s side have valued their asset at £40m, deterring Arsenal’s interest.