Arsenal defender deal off the table as clubs fail to agree fee - report
By Aramide Oladipo
Defender Shkodran Mustafi is set to extend his stay at Arsenal after Inter Milan failed to reach an agreement over a summer move, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that the Italian giants offered the Gunners a loan deal with the view to a permanent transfer for the 25-year-old but they were unable to meet the financial demands.
The newspaper reports that Arsenal were seeking to receive the same £35million in which they spend for the centre-back last summer but Inter’s offer fell well short.
The report claims that it is highly unlikely that the Serie A side will return with an improved bid for Mustafi before the transfer window shuts on Thursday evening.
The German international has only made one competitive appearance for the Gunners this season and it came in the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke City in the Premier League.
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Mustafi currently has four years remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
Football Insider verdict
Although he has failed to impress since securing a permanent move to North London last summer, Arsenal cannot afford to offload any defenders before the window closes. The Gunners have been conceding goals left, right and centre at the start of the season and a player of Mustafi’s experience will certainly be beneficial in the long-term as Arsenal look to get back on track. Sanctioning a loan move for a player who cost them £35million last season would be a ridiculous move and it would add more pressure to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. There is no doubt that the German struggled in his first season but he should be allowed the chance to prove himself during his second campaign in England and show all the doubters just why he is an important member of the Germany national team.
In other Arsenal news, Tony Cascarino urges this 22-year-old not to sign for the Gunners this summer.