Arsenal suffer huge transfer blow in pursuit of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi

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Yet more bad news for Arsenal fans.

The club’s transfer window has turned into a bit of a farce, with the Gunners failing to land many of their reported big name transfer targets.

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The North London side are in desperate need of a defender, following the long-term injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, and it’s well known that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is actively pursuing a number of defensive options ahead of the closing of the transfer window on August 31.

One player who was expected to complete a move to the Emirates before the end of this month was Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, with Wenger claiming on the weekend that ‘he hoped’ a deal would be completed imminently for the German centre-back.

But once again it appears that the Gunners boss will be left red faced, after reports coming out of the La Liga side suggest Mustafi will be staying at the Mestalla this season.

According to Valencia boss Pako Ayestaran, Shkodran Mustafi will not be sold in this transfer window.

Speaking after the club’s 4-2 defeat at the hands of Las Palmas on Monday, Ayestaran claimed that ‘Mustafi is not for sale and will not be leaving the club’.

Despite Pako Ayestaran’s comments It’s believed that the Spanish club would consider doing business but only if the Gunners activate the defender’s release clause, which is reportedly set at £43m, something which Arsene Wenger is unlikely to do.

Arsenal have been linked with a £25m bid for West Brom’s Jonny Evans, and judging by this apparent latest rejection, Tony Pulis may be receiving a phone call from Arsene Wenger, sometime in the near future.

The search goes on Arsenal fans….

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