Arsenal are in danger of missing out on signing Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, according to SKY.
Exclusives News sources reported earlier in August that Mustafi had agreed a move to the Emirates, with negotiations ongoing over the transfer fee, while Arsene Wenger said over the weekend that a deal “will be done” before the transfer deadline.
However, Mustafi’s buy-out clause now seems likely to prove a major stumbling block.
Exclusives News SpokesMan Said “The coaching staff at Valencia think Mustafi will not go, and this is the same message being made by Valencia.
“They insist the only way Mustafi will be allowed to leave is if Arsenal trigger his €50m (£43.1m) buy-out clause, which I think everybody will agree is too much money for him.
“Valencia’s position is such because they don’t think they can find someone to replace him, given the proximity of transfer deadline day. It’s a similar stance to the one they have with Barcelona target Paco Alcacer, or at least that’s the message they are giving out.”
“So, as things stand, neither Mustafi nor Alcacer will be leaving Valencia. I heard Arsene Wenger confirm publicly that Arsenal were in negotiations for Mustafi. That’s very rare for him to do so. Perhaps he is trying to apply some pressure on Valencia to sell.