Valencia boss Pako Ayestaran insisted last night that Shkodran Mustafi was not for sale, as he came to terms with a 4-2 defeat at home to Las Palmas in their opening game of season.
“Mustafi is not for sale and he will stay at Valencia,” he said.
The German international has been linked with Arsenal for some weeks now, but despite personal terms being agreed the two clubs look no closer to agreeing on a fee.
Despite their need to sell players to meet FFP rules, it seems Valencia are keen to hang onto the 24 year old, as well as attacker Paco Alcácer who had been tipped for a move to Barcelona.
“With Alcácer I can be as firm as with Mustafi, Lay Hoon already said it. The president has said in public that Alcacer and Mustafi are not for sale and I have to believe her
But of course until the window is closed nobody can be 100% sure, especially if Arsenal come closer to Valencia’s valuation of the centre-half.
“The market is open and there are still possibilities,” said Ayestaran.
Mustafi was a second half substitute last night, but was unable to prevent what was a disappointing loss to Los Amarillos.