Valencia are waiting for Arsenal to meet their price-tag for Shkodran Mustafi so they can put an end to the ongoing ‘will-he, won’t-he’ transfer saga.
The German has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Gunners, but having quoted a price when the initial enquiry was made, the La Liga side have yet to hear anything further from North London.
The Mirror report that the player is training alone, in a kind of limbo, as he waits for the deal to be finalised.
Having lost Per Mertesacker and Gabriel to injury, and seen new boy Rob Holding and Calum Chambers anchor a defence which shipped four goals against Liverpool, it’s hard to understand why Arsene Wenger hasn’t pushed to get the deal done as quickly as possible.
Valencia are looking for around €25m for the 24 year old who was part of Germany’s World Cup winning squad. It’s a very reasonable price in the current market, and with a trip to Champions Leicester on Saturday Arsenal’s defensive need is urgent.
Yesterday there were claims the price-tag was too high, forcing Arsenal to explore other targets while they keep money aside for a striker, but there’s no good reason why this would preclude any further purchases given the club’s bank balance.
Given that it’s now Tuesday, and there’s apparent radio silence between the clubs, it might be a case that Holding and Chambers are again pressed into action at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.