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Shocking: Arsenal initially wanted this highly-rated defender to sign, not Shkodran Mustafi

Arsenal were chasing Bayer Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak ahead of Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, according to the reports in the British Media.

Arsene Wenger was heavily interested in the 27-year-old Leverkusen star as the Gunners encountered problems in their attempt to sign the Germany international, reports the Daily Mirror.

Toprak, The German-born defender, who has 23 caps for Turkey, has been an ever-present for Leverkusen over the past five seasons, appearing 170 times in all competitions, scoring six goals.

However, the same article states that the north London side couldn’t agree a deal for Toprak with the Bundesliga club in the summer transfer window.

Meanwhile, Shkodran Mustafi is on the brink of completing a £35m transfer as the German centre-half looks to sign a five-year deal with the north London side.

Arsene Wenger also has confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez have both passed medicals ahead of their moves to Arsenal, with the deals set to be announced next week.

The Gunners on Thursday to trigger a £17 million release clause for Deportivo La Coruna striker Perez, while British media then reported that evening that the club had also agreed a £35m fee for Valencia defender Mustafi.

Speaking after Arsenal secured their first Premier League win of the season with a 3-1 win at Watford, Wenger said that the deals for both players are all but done, with just the necessary paperwork still to be sorted out.

“I think they should go through, both of them,” Wenger told during the press conference. “We have to finish the paperwork. I don’t know exactly when we will announce it. But I think it will be announced early next week.”

Arsenal have already signed Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka in a £33m deal from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach at the start of the summer.

Wenger has also added Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding to his squad in a £1.5m transfer from the League One side.

The north London have sealed a deal for Japanese forward Takuma Asano in the summer transfer window.

 

 

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