Arsenal have confirmed the capture of Valencia centre back Skhodran Mustafi, a deal thought to be in the region of £35 million, as Calum Chambers agrees to join Premier League club Middlesbrough on loan.
The Gunners have been searching for a central defender more openly ever since the injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, with Mustafi identified as the club’s primary target.
Under habitual circumstances, no details of the deal that takes the Germany international to the Emirates Stadium have been disclosed officially by the club as of yet, but outlets such as the Daily Mirror have moved to claim the so-often reported £35 million as his price tag.
Mustafi appeared 64 times in La Liga for Valencia during his two-year-spell in Spain, having joined from Italian club Sampdoria in the summer of 2014 for £6.8 million.
Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger had the following to say about his new signing: “He is at the right age. He has good experience. He is a very focused player who can play with the ball as well. We have taken a great player but have prepared well for the future.”
Mustafi joins the likes of Lucas Pérez, who also signed for the Gunners today, Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding, Takuma Asano and Kelechi Nwakali as the sixth signing made by the club this summer, meanwhile Chambers becomes the latest to leave north London in the past hour.
With first-team opportunities now limited further by Mustafi’s arrival, Arsenal have announced the completion of Chambers’ loan deal to newly-promoted Middlesbrough, a move that’ll see the 21-year-old play under Aitor Karanka’s side for the remainder of the season.