Arsenal have reportedly witnessed their bid of £15.2million rocked back by Valencia for world-class centre-back Shkodran Mustafi as the bid falls well below their own valuation, according to the latest report from The Sun.
Valencia is believed to have been demanding a figure of £42m for the Germany international, which means the Gunners will have to stump up a further £25m to secure his services. The question is will Wenger take the challenge considering his shrewd spending nature?
Arsene Wenger has insisted in recent weeks that he is still looking for a centre-back after Per Mertesacker suffered a serious injury which is expected to keep him on the sidelines for up to four months.
Thus, a number of defenders have been mooted to be making a move to the Emirates, but it appears Mustafi is Wenger’s number one target.
And the highly-rated German defender, who once played for Everton in his early career, is reportedly keen on a move to Premier League after enjoying a successful campaign in Serie A for Sampdoria before joining Valencia in 2014.
And despite Arsenal’s reported initial bid being rejected, a move could materialise after Valencia confirmed they need to sell “two or three” players to meet Financial Fair Play regulations.
Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch said in the latest interview: “This is a turbulent summer. We have been able to complete seven exits and we would have to make two or three more to meet the Fair Play [regulations].”
The Spanish giants have already sold Andre Gomes to Barcelona and when quizzed on the sale of Mustafi, Pitrach gave a solid hint that the defender may be reluctantly sold.
“I said [earlier in the summer] that there would be many changes and there have been many changes, mainly because the obligation to comply with Financial Fair Play.
“In this line, we have taken many decisions and we have taken decisions that I would have like not to take. I would have preferred to have €100m to sign new players.”
So far Arsenal have been rather conservative in the transfer market. Granit Xhaka was a big early buy, but only future prospects Takuma Asano and Rob Holding have arrived since.