David Ornstein is reporting what will appear as a devastating news for Arsenal supporters – as the BBC reporter claims The Gunners are yet to agree a fee for the transfer of Shkodran Mustafi.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is currently scouring Europe for a number of top quality centre-backs, but reports reveal Mustafi is number one on the Frenchman’s shopping list. Defenders Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista are out of action for a number of weeks due to injuries, while Laurent Koscielny is still unfit following his participation in the European Championships.
The Gunners’ defensive summer signing Rob Holding was paired with Calum Chambers in the heart of defence against Liverpool and both were ran ragged by Klopp’s men as The Reds ran out 4-3 winners.
Wenger wants to bring in Mustafi, 24, to the Emirates and it is believed the Germany international defender will form a formidable partnership with Koscielny, should he sign.
Now, Ornstein has claimed Arsenal are yet to settle on a fee with Valencia for the transfer of Mustafi and, the Gunners are now considering other options including Simon Kjaer of Fenerbahce.
“Arsenal yet to agree fee for Mustafi. #AFC considering Omer Toprak and Simon Kjaer as alternatives but Mustafi remains priority & keen to join.
“Price the issue. Arsenal want to hold back funds for possible striker signing. #AFC transfer budget factors in fee, salary, agent commission”, Ornstein [bbcsport_david] tweeted.
It is left to be seen if Wenger will loosen the purse strings to quickly lure Mustafi to his side.