Blow for Arsenal as they are told top target is not for sale

Shkodran Mustafi
Shkodran Mustafi

Arsenal's increasingly desperate search for a new defender has been hit with a major blow after Valencia boss Pako Ayestaran said Shkodran Mustafi is not for sale.

Sky Sports have carried quotes from Ayestaran last night who said: "Mustafi is not for sale and will not be leaving the club."

Arsenal have been on the hunt for a new central defender for a while now and a long-term injury to Per Mertesacker only added to the urgency.

However, the report goes on to say that the €50m release clause in the 24-year-old's contract is proving to be a problem for the Gunners, who have confirmed they have spoken to the La Liga club about buying the player.

That huge fee is sure to put off Arsene Wenger, who has also been met by a huge price tag for West Brom's Jonny Evans.

With Arsenal leaving their business so late, clubs are now exploiting their desperation with just over a week left in the summer transfer window.