£90,000-a-week centre-back on the verge of completing Arsenal transfer

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The Spanish tactician has revealed he has told Shkodran Mustafi he can leave the London club. The 27-year-old defender is the most expensive centre-back in the London club’s history but has failed to win over supporters since joining from Valencia in 2016 having made a catalogue of errors.

A minority of fans jeered Shkodran as he came off the bench during the Emirates Cup defeat against Lyon and has been linked with a transfer for most of the summer. Last season German defender played 40 matches and scored three goals in all competitions. He also helped his national team to win the 2014 World Cup.

While the Premier League transfer window closed on Thursday, with Gunners bringing in two defenders in Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and David Luiz from Chelsea, most of the major European leagues have until September 2 to land their targets, meaning Mustafi could still be on the move

“I spoke with him when we finished the last campaign,” Unai said. “I spoke with him when we started pre-season, and I spoke with him also two weeks ago saying maybe there was the possibility he can leave. “But I don’t have doubts if he needs to play because he is a good footballer.

Germany international is unlikely to feature for Arsenal in their Premier League opener at Newcastle United amid the fact Luiz may not be set to come into the side to make his debut as he awaits international clearance. David joined from London rivals Chelsea for a reported fee of £8m.

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