Arsenal Forced To Switch Transfer Target As Move For Defender Stalls
In what is the least surprising Arsenal news ever, their move for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi has stalled.
No prizes for guessing why said deal has stalled – they can’t agree on a fee for the £25 million rated centre back, despite the player being happy to make the move.
After losing their Premier League opener to Liverpool – and shipping four goals in the process – it’s as clear as day that Arsenal need another defender, so they’ve identified Barcelona’s Jeremy Mathieu as an alternative target.
However, there’s one small problem with that move – he’s currently injured.
Oh and he’s 32, so he’s not exactly got long left in him.
Since moving from Valencia to Barcelona in the summer of 2014, Mathieu has been backup to the likes of Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano at the Nou Camp.
A fee around £10 million would be enough to take the Frenchman to the Emirates, although he limped out of Barcelona’s win over Sevilla last weekend with a hamstring injury.
Considering Per Mertesacker and Gabriel are injured and Laurent Koscielny is short of match fitness after being given a month off after the Euros, Wenger needs reinforcements soon.
But instead of paying an extra £5 million for Mustafi, the long serving Arsenal boss has decided to pull a classic Wenger move – flat out refusing to budge on what is hardly an astronomical price, and start fresh negotiations with another player.
Just to summarise, Wenger has turned his nose up at paying £25 million for a 24-year-old German international, in favour of an injured Barcelona fringe player, who isn’t exactly cheap considering he’s 33 in two months.
Have you ever seen anything that sums up Arsene Wenger’s transfer attitude better?
Nope, me neither.