Arsenal are to follow up their interest in Valencia centre back Shkodran Mustafi, according to BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein.

The Gunners will be without Per Mertesacker for approximately four months in the coming season, whereas the ankle injury sustained by Gabriel Paulista in Arsenal’s 3-2 win versus Manchester City last Sunday is to keep the Brazilian out for up to eight weeks.

The north Londoners will now reportedly step up their chase for German international Mustafi, thought to be valued at £40 million by the Daily Mail.

Valencia, who saw Portugal international André Gomes join Barcelona this summer for £29.3 million plus bonuses, are under pressure to sell due to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Mustafi may well be next on the list, with the Evening Standard reporting that Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala is now being lined up as the German’s replacement.

Mangala’s agent, Jorge Mendes, holds strong ties with the the La Liga club hoping to land the former FC Porto centre back on loan.

City, however, who today completed the signing of Everton’s John Stones for £47.5 million, are rumoured to prefer selling Mangala outright.

Former Valencia defender Raúl Albiol, currently at Napoli, has also been linked with a comeback in days gone by.

Written by Patrick Ribeiro

Freelance journalist. @P_SRibeiro

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