Defender Shkodran Mustafi’s contract is expiring next summer, and Arsenal must do everything they can to get him to extend his current deal.
It was reported by football.london recently that the Gunners have already failed with one recent attempt to renew the 28-year-old’s contract.
Whatever Arsenal fans may think about the £90,000-a-week player, surely the best course of action here is for him to agree fresh terms.
Mustafi cost in excess of £35 million from Valencia back in 2016 (BBC Sport), and simply put, that is too much money to have paid for a player to then possibly leave the club on a free.
Yes, the centre-half has made some mistakes during his time at the club, but Arsenal surely cannot head into January without a new deal for their player.
January is when teams from overseas can negotiate a pre-contract agreement.
TBR’s View – Arsenal need to convince the player
Even if it’s just a one-year extension, Arsenal really need to get Mustafi to extend. Reports he’s rejected one offer are a blow but the north Londoners shouldn’t be deterred.
There is still decent value in Mustafi, who is in his prime years now, and it would be something of a missed opportunity if the club lost him for absolutely nothing.
The club, in these testing financial times, could really do with a sale which is why the Gunners need to make the situation a matter of priority.