There is a lot of talk about Arsenal trying to offload Shkodran Mustafi before the European transfer window shuts on September 2nd.
I was reading an article in the Daily Star, yes I know, and they had a single line that stated his value had dropped to just £15 Million. Remember, we bought him for £35 Million just three years ago from Valencia.
I also checked on Transfermarkt and they have him valued at £22.5 Million. So, the speculation is that the German is worth between £15 Million and £22.5 Million.
Now, I know a lot of you will say he can go for free, I will drive him to the airport, we will pay them to take him off our hands and so on but in all seriousness, he does have a proper value and my question is, will a club be getting a bargain if they can land him for just £15 Million?
I would say yes, that would be a bargain.
Just because he failed at Arsenal does not mean he would fail elsewhere, he was a success in La Liga and good enough to represent Germany.
There is a massive list of players that have done brilliantly in foreign leagues but failed in the Premier League, Juan Veron, Diego Forlan, Gerard Pique, Radamel Falcao and many many more.
Mustafi is just 27-years-old, he could easily have another six years or more at the top, so why should we sell him for a low fee.
Yes, Arsenal could do with getting his wages off the books but we are not talking £350k per week here and in no way should the club be considering basically giving him away for that reason.
I feel £20 Million is a good enough figure and the fact that clubs in Italy like AC Milan are rumoured to be interested tells you that there are clubs out there that do not hold the low opinion of Mustafi that is so widespread at Arsenal.