Arsenal are being told that they will need to pay a ‘significant amount’ if they wish to sign Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia.

With the Spanish club’s owner allegedly flying in for talks with Arsenal, the press in Valencia were reporting that Peter Lim was not keen on selling Mustfi. This isn’t new, they’ve been touting Aymen Abdennour around, hoping to sell him instead.

The ‘significant amount’ is not specified but it now believed that a bid of over €30m will be required and the longer it goes on the more he will cost as Valencia look to be compensated just in case they can’t find a replacement in time.

Unlike most of the other rumours around at the minute, this does seem to be a player that Arsenal are trying to signing.

Speaking while in England on pre-season, Mustrafi said a transfer to Arsenal was ‘difficult’ and it’s hard to see how that might have changed since then.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are expected to play Liverpool with a centre back pairing of Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal.

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