Arsenal’s attempts to agree a new contract with Shkodran Mustafi have stalled, but ESPN reports that the Gunners are not ready to throw in the towel just yet.
Mustafi’s deal at the Emirates expires at the end of the season. And it appeared that the Germany international may have already decided that he wanted to leave.
According to Football London in October, Mustafi rejected a new deal in the summer. And it was claimed that he had told Arsenal that he planned to move on when his contract expires.
ESPN is now also reporting that discussions have stalled. But they have suggested that Arsenal are still holding out hope that they may be able to convince Mustafi to stay.
TBR View: Arsenal stance looks surprising
It is arguably a surprise that Arsenal are reportedly keen to keep Mustafi.
Of course, extending his contract gives them a better chance of recouping something like what they paid for him. According to BBC Sport, he cost £35 million in 2016.
But he is not a player who has enjoyed a good time in North London. There have been numerous mistakes during his spell in the side.
Spotrac shows that he earns £90,000-a-week. Even if he was willing to agree a smaller wage, he would still cost the club a considerable amount of money.
And with a number of talented defenders already in the ranks, you could understand if Arsenal fans hoped that any future attempts to agree a new deal with Mustafi come to nothing.