Mustafi Agent Warns Over Size Of Fee
The agent of Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi admits he is working on a move away from the club for the Germany international. However, he has called on the Gunners to ask for a realistic transfer fee in order to push through the move.
Mustafi and team-mate Mohamed Elneny have been told by manager Unai Emery to work on a move away from the Emirates in order to save their careers. But in a statement released on Friday, Mustafi’s father Kujtim, who acts as his agent, admitted a move away from the club would be beneficial.
“Shkodran had a great time with Arsenal. We still have a contract for two years and can imagine to stay in London,” he said in a statement.
“However the best for both sides is probably to work on a transfer. But for that it also needs market-driven transfer-fees.”
Mustafi moved to Arsenal from Valencia for a fee believed to be at least £35 million in the summer of 2017. It was widely felt at the time to be a panic buy that resulted from injuries sustained by key players in pre-season.
But the transfer fee is now like a millstone around Arsenal’s neck. With Mustafi having two years left out of a five-year agreement that puts his book value at around £14 million. His wages – estimated at £90,000 a week – are also thought to be a drag on any move.
Few clubs can afford almost £5 million a year plus a transfer fee that could work out at £14-15 million spread over five years.
Arsenal offered Mustafi for sale last summer but the size of the fee plus his personal demands meant a transfer then wasn’t even remote.
At present a loan deal with a right to purchase next summer looks a more likely option but even then Arsenal will still have pay a good portion of his wages.