Chelsea could hijack deal for Arsenal target


Arsenal could face competition from Chelsea for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, as reported in the Sun.

The Gunners have set their sights on the Germany international to cover for the injured Per Mertesacker, but Antonio Conte could swoop in and hijack the deal.

Arsene Wenger wants the 24-year-old to play in the heart of his defence, but it’s understood Chelsea have other plans for him.

Conte needs a long-term replacement for John Terry, who will play a reduced role on the pitch this season, but he also needs more cover in the full-back positions.


Mustafi is an extremely versatile defender and can play at right-back, left-back, and centre-back.

Chelsea should be back vying with Arsenal for the title again, and with that renewed rivalry comes the inevitable scenario that they are looking at the same players.

The Gunners have reportedly held talks with Valencia over Mustafi, but if the Blues were to sign him, it would seriously up the ante when the two sides go head-to-head in the Premier League.

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