Arsenal have resumed talks to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, Tutto Mercato Web has confirmed.
Recent reports have claimed that manger Arsene Wenger wants to finalise the deal before Friday, ahead of Sunday's home game against Liverpool.
The Gunners will be without Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista for months after the two suffered serious injuries in pre-season.
France international Laurent Koscielny is not match fit and will miss Sunday's game against the Reds.
Mustafi trained individually last week amid rumours that he will leave the Spanish giants this month.
Reports from Spain have suggested that he will be sold because Valencia are struggling to meet the FFP requirements and have to sell important players.