Arsenal have been dealt a severe blow in their pursuit of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi as the La Liga outfit’s manager, Pako Ayestaran, has insisted that the Germany international is not for sale despite being heavily linked with the English giants.
Ayestaran said: “Mustafi is not for sale and he will stay at VCF. The market is open and there are still possibilities.”
Mustafi was named among the substitutes in Valencia’s La Liga opener against Las Palmas on Monday night.
The German international came off the bench at half-time but could not do much as his team suffered a shocking 4-2 defeat against the minnows.
“The president has said in public that Alcacer and Mustafi are not for sale and I have to believe her,” the manager added.
Earlier, Valencia set a fee of £50 million on Mustafi and due to that heavy price tag, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger turned his attention to West Brom defender Jonny Evans but the club has set a whooping price of £25 million on the former Manchester United man and it seems that this deal is not going to materialise either.