Shkodran Mustafi’s father and agent has told Arsenal to lower their £25m asking price for the defender this summer, according to reports.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal looks on during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates Stadium on July 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 28: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal looks on during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates Stadium on July 28, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Journalist Pete O’Rourke wrote on Monday that Mustafi’s father, who also doubles as his agent, told Arsenal to lower their asking price for the centre-back. The reported £25m the Gunners want for his sale clearly isn’t attracting the interest the player is after.

Di Marzio recently confirmed that AS Roma are interested in Mustafi, but they added that the defender’s price-tag is the main difficulty in completing a deal.

Mustafi has now missed out on the squad for all three of Arsenal’s opening league matches, and there are no signs that he’s set to be brought back into the fold. Unai Emery publicly stated in a press conference last week that it would be better if the 27-year-old left.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz have started the last couple of games, with Calum Chambers playing the opener against Newcastle. Rob Holding is now up to 90-minute matches with the u23s and Konstantinos Mavropanos should be back in October.

Arsenal have enough depth to let Mustafi go, and the German should be keen to move on somewhere he’ll be able to play regularly. It’s just a matter of making the most of this week to find a buyer for a good price.

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