Arsenal are facing a battle to land German international defender Shkodran Mustafi, who looks set to stay with Valencia.
The Gunners have been chasing the player for the last few weeks and reports claimed that a delegation from the club has flown out to Spain to try and finalise a deal
However Mustafi is set to play for Valencia against Las Palmas this evening, and there is every chance he could stay with the La Liga side, who are in no rush to sell.
Arsene Wenger has previously said he is confident a deal will happen, but Spanish football expert Guillem Balague begs to differ and believes the player is going nowhere.
“The coaching staff at Valencia think Mustafi will not go, and this is the same message being made by Valencia,” he told Skysports.
“They insist the only way Mustafi will be allowed to leave is if Arsenal trigger his €50m (£43.1m) buy-out clause, which I think everybody will agree is too much money for him.
“Valencia’s position is such because they don’t think they can find someone to replace him, given the proximity of transfer deadline day.”