Arsenal’s pursuit of Shkodran Mustafi is old news now, but Gunners fans may be curious as to why a deal still hasn’t been reached.
Arsene Wenger will no doubt take much of the criticism if the Germany international doesn’t end up moving to the Emirates, but his refusal to spend big money may be justified in this case.
Initially, it seemed like the Valencia centre-back was the perfect solution to Arsenal’s defensive crisis, as he was expected to cost in the region of £25million.
However, according to the Mirror, the La Liga outfit are now demanding a crazy £50million because they aren’t keen to sell.
Valencia aren’t really in a position to do that, considering they need to sell some key players in order to align themselves with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, but that’s the line they’ve given Arsenal nonetheless.
If Wenger can’t haggle the price down, then he has just days to find an alternative target, with the transfer window due to slam shut on August 31.