Valencia have turned down an opening £15m bid for Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal, according to a media outlet based in the Spanish city.
They claim that German defender Mustafi is keen to join Arsenal and that the deal could be pushed through if the Gunners come up with an extra £5m.
That sounds like an excellent deal for a 24-year-old with 12 caps for Germany when you consider the £50m asking price for John Stones.
Something is going on with Mustafi. Withdrawn from Valencia training right after arrival in England. Earlier reports on a transfer request.
— Michael [Valencia] (@VCF_Nordic) August 2, 2016
Less likely is the suggestion by Catalan-based newspaper Sport that Thomas Vermaelen has a choice between being Barcelona’s fifth-choice centre-half, moving to West Ham or re-joining Arsenal.