Inter chief claims Arsenal wanted too much for Mustafi

Date published: Friday 1st September 2017 9:30

Inter director Piero Ausilio says that the club pulled out of negotiations with Arsenal after they demanded too much money for defender Shkodran Mustafi.

Mustafi only joined the Gunners from Valencia last summer but has reportedly failed to gel with his team-mates and was attracting interest from Inter before the deadline.

However, Ausilio points to the Gunners’ demands for the reason a deal for the Germany international never materialised.

“The only negotiations we really entered into for a centre-back was Shkodran Mustafi, but when we saw his club’s demands, we let it go,” Ausilio said.

Ivan Perisic was linked with a move to Manchester United all summer and Ausilio thinks the winger will be like a new signing for the club.

“Keeping hold of Ivan Perisic was a great buy, really,” Ausilio added.

Matias Vecino, Milan Skriniar, Dalbert, Borja Valero, Joao Cancelo and Yann Karamoh all joined in the summer and Ausilio is happy with their business.

He continued: “We are convinced that we signed players who are suited to the project, as Inter have proved they are ready for the start of the season.

“Many players arrived, others have left, the squad is homogenous. We liked the idea of focusing on youngsters, including with investments like Yann Karamoh.

“We decided to do something simple, because just making changes for the sake of it was not of interest, so when we saw that certain objectives were unattainable.

“There are no regrets, we did things that were functional to the project and compatible with our circumstances. We signed midfielders, we brought in Karamoh and another interesting young players like Skriniar, who is performing well.”

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