Arsenal transfer dejection in the transfer market is highly likely to continue as the North Londoners have been asked to cough up a staggering £50m for number one defensive target.
Boss Arsene Wenger is short of bodies in central defence, with both Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista carrying long-term injuries. Laurent Koscielny, who only returned to action against Leicester on Saturday, was also risked for the game as he was nursing a back injury prior to kick-off. Hence, Wenger needs to bring in a quality centre-half, who is also experienced.
With Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi earmarked as the Gunners’ prime target for that department, it has been a topsy-turvy issue between Arsenal and the Spanish side regarding the transfer and, that is unlikely to end soon.
According to reports, Valencia has placed a £50m price tag on Mustafi as they want to use proceeds from the sale to fund their own transfer move for Chelsea winger, Pedro – The Mirror claim.
However, it is unlikely they will get the expected fee, as The Mirror reports goes on that negotiations with Arsenal are still ongoing and Wenger is willing to spend over £25m to sign Mustafi.
Meanwhile, the Gunners have placed a couple of players on standby in case the Mustafi deal falls through. West Bromwich Albion’s Johnny Evans, Fenerbahce defender Simon Kjaer and Bayer Leverkusen’s Omer Toprak are alternatives.