Valencia chief gives Arsenal boost in pursuit of Mustafi

Date published: Thursday 18th August 2016 9:09

Shkodran Mustafi

Arsenal’s hopes of landing Shkodran Mustafi have been handed a boost after Valencia admitted they need to sell players.

Arsene Wenger has started the season with no fit senior centre-halves following injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, plus Laurent Koscielny’s late return from Euro 2016.

The Gunners have reportedly been in negotiations with Valencia for some time as the two clubs attempt to agree a fee for Mustafi.

Los Che were understood to be holding out for £30million but could now be forced to sell the Germany international for less after director of football Garcia Pitarch revealed the club are currently failing to meet Financial Fair Play regulations.

He said: “We’re above the FFP guidelines, that’s the reality, and as of today, the four players we’ve signed cannot be registered, meaning we need to reduce the cost in a significant manner to register the players and sign a centre-back, which is a priority in case one of the ones at our club leaves.”

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