The agent of Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi, Ali Bulut, has confirmed to the German press that the defender has agreed a deal in principle to join Arsenal, although the Gunners are yet to make an official bid for the player.

Bulut, in an interview given to German website Spox, revealed that Mustafi has agreed to join the north London club, currently without defenders Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista for a long period of time.

Mustafi’s compatriot will be sidelined for up to four months, whereas Gabriel will be out of action for half of that period to leave Arsenal’s defence depleted versus Liverpool for their opening game of the Premier League season.

The start of the season comes too soon for Mustafi’s deal and the player is yet to sign anything official, but the defender’s agent does add that “it now just remains for the teams to come to an agreement over the fee,” with Sky Germany having a similar scoop of the story.

Valencia are thought to value the Germany international at €30 million, despite a €50 million release clause, and are currently under pressure to adhere to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

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