Arsenal transfer boost: Valencia could sanction £26m Mustafi deal due to off-field worries

Valencia are willing to sell Shkodran Mustafi for €30m (£26m) amid Arsenal’s interest, with Financial Fair Play an issue at the Mestalla, according to Guillem Balague.

The Gunners have been heavily aligned with the Germany international over the course of the last week or so with Arsene Wenger having been hit by an injury crisis at centre-back.

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Although the Londoners are indeed keen on the 24-year-old, reports have suggested that they need to make a serious offer for the player to tempt Valencia to sell.

And now La Liga expert, Balague, has lifted the lid on why Los Che are willing to let their talented player leave for the right price:

He tweeted: “Mustafi: VFC happy 2 sell for around €30m as they down €10m with FFP. But would rather sell others. AFC want him. Not sure he’s good enuf.”

As Balague says, Valencia are €10m (£8.7m) down in terms of meeting FFP criteria, and although they would rather let other players leave, the intense interest being shown in Mustafi makes him a viable asset to sell on.

A €30m (£26m) fee would wipe out the Mediterranean outfit’s money worries and could potentially leave cash spare to sign a replacement.

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