Arsenal boss identify centre-back as prime candidate to sell to increase transfer budget

The European heavyweights Arsenal are reportedly prepared to listen to offers for central defender Shkodran Mustafi this summer transfer window, according to recent reports in the British press.

Coach Unai Emery has been informed that he will have to raise most of the funds himself if Spaniard is to carry out an overhaul of his current roster, with the boss being given an initial budget of just £40 million during the summer.

The London-based side were also limited to just loan deals in winter, and a British daily broadsheet newspaper The Telegraph reports that Unai has pinpointed Shkodran as the main candidate to sell to boost the transfer budget.

The Germany international joined the Gunners in 2016 and was the third-most expensive defender ever at the time he swapped Spanish side Valencia for North London in a £35 million deal.

However, Shkodran has regularly been criticised for his displays during that spell as part of an Arsenal defence which has consistently been among the worst in the English top flight’s top six.

The 26-year-old star has made 23 appearances for the Gunners across all competitions this campaign and is closing in on 100 outings for the club in total.