Shkodran Mustafi’s agent, who is also his father, has admitted that while the player would like to stay in London, it would probably be best for all concerned if he moved on.
His comments came in a statement to Sky Sports after Unai Emery made it clear the German is not figuring in his plans for the new season.
The former Valencia man has been left out of the squad for the last two games, and Emery said of him and teammate Mohamed Elneny, “I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team and to get another challenge for themselves.
“I spoke with them a lot of times last year and this pre-season. I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists and be happy and continue their careers.”
In the statement, Kujtim Mustafi said, “Shkodran had a great time with Arsenal. We still have a contract for two years and can imagine to stay in London.
“However the best for both sides is probably to work on a transfer. But for that it also needs market-driven transfer-fees.”
There are suggestions Arsenal are seeking something in the region of £25m for the former German international, but we suspect we’d settle for a fair bit less than that.
Not least because we’ve basically told the world we don’t want him, and that hardly strengthens your hand in the transfer market.