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Shkodran Mustafi: Juventus unlikely to force through deal for Arsenal defender

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi in training
Image: Shkodran Mustafi has been restricted to only training with the Arsenal first-team squad this season

Juventus appear unlikely to force through a move to sign Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi before the transfer window shuts.

The Serie A club are keen to add a further centre-back to their squad after being dealt a massive injury blow last week when defensive lynchpin Giorgio Chiellini suffered a serious knee injury.

Chiellini needs surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and surgery to correct it could mean Juventus being without him until February.

Mustafi was one of a number of options Juventus were looking at, according to Sky in Germany, with their list also including Liverpool's Dejan Lovren.

Former Juve defender Medhi Benatia - now playing in Qatar - is also an option along with Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng.

But Sky Sports News understands a deal for Mustafi is now unlikely ahead of the Serie A window closing on Monday at 9pm.

The 27-year-old, who has played more than 100 games since joining Arsenal just over three years ago, is yet to force his way into Unai Emery's matchday squad this season.

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Sokratis and summer signing David Luiz have paired up at the heart of Emery's new-look back four this season with Calum Chambers overtaking Mustafi as the Spaniard's next option off the bench.

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