Arsenal to sell Shkodran Mustafi for around £13million

Calciomercato claims Lazio have identified Mustafi as a priority for the centre of their defence, with Arsenal willing to sell for around £13million.

The report states that asking price could even drop to £11million.

Napoli are also interested in Mustafi, as well as his Arsenal team-mate Sokratis, as a potential replacement for Manchester City target Kalidou Koulibaly.

The biggest obstacle in any deal could be the World Cup winner’s salary.

Mustafi is thought to earn around £4million per year in north London.

Lazio are reportedly willing to offer the 28-year-old a five-year deal worth £2.3million per season plus bonuses.

Mustafi featured heavily for Mikel Arteta’s side last season following their switch to a 3-4-3 formation before a knee injury ruled him out of the FA Cup final.

He is still recuperating and has yet to feature for Arsenal this season.

Mustafi previously played in Serie A for Sampdoria between 2012 and 2014.

The Gunners added centre-backs William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes to their squad in the off-season, hence their willingness to let Mustafi go.

Arsenal are hoping to raise money through sales to fund a move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

The north London outfit have already sold goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa for £20million, with several other names linked to the exit door.