Arsenal told to pay £50million for Shkodran Mustafi

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Arsenal fans are experiencing a pretty frustrating transfer window all round, but nowhere more so than in their club's attempts to sign Shkodran Mustafi.

The Gunners have been linked with the Valencia centre-back ever since captain Per Mertesacker was ruled out for five months, but despite the urgency of adding to their defence, Arsene Wenger hasn't quite been able to get a deal over the line.

It's widely believed that it's the Germany international's price tag which is holding up proceedings, but until now, it wasn't clear why.


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Arsenal are desperate, so they'll pay whatever it takes, right?

Wenger's often been accused of stinginess, but in this case, it might be justified. The Mirror have it that Valencia are demanding £50million for Mustafi, a figure which it seems hugely unlikely that Arsenal will pay.

The La Liga club are happily playing hard-ball, but they would like to raise funds to buy Chelsea's Pedro, so it may be worth them cashing in. They have already admitted they may have to let key players go to abide by UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, so that could also force their hand.

As it stands, though, perhaps they aren't acquainted with Wenger's approach to transfers, or they'd be well aware that he could just walk away from the deal altogether if he can't drive the price down.

Tricky business

It all leaves Arsenal in a delicate situation, as Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez is also out of their price range.

That could leave them compromising for West Brom's Jonny Evans, but if they are to get a really top drawer defender, they're going to have to reach into their pockets for once.

Mustafi was always going to be expensive, but Valencia must be kidding if they think Wenger is going to abandon his principles on this one and front up that kind of money.

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