Date: 1st September 2017 at 8:00pm
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Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed they pulled out of a deal for defender after baulking at the transfer fee that the were demanding for the player.

Despite being owned by a rich Chinese consortium, the Suning Group, the Serie A side have been working within the restrictions of Financial Fairplay rules, and were not prepared to make a sizeable bid for the German international.

Instead, reports from Italy suggested a deal with an obligation buy was offered to for the centre back. Once they heard of the star’s price tag however, they quickly withdrew from negotiations. Ausilio was quoted by the Sun as saying:

“The only negotiations we really entered into for a centre-back was Shkodran Mustafi, but when we saw his club’s demands, we let it go.”

were reportedly holding out for the £35m they paid Valencia for the player last summer but it seems Inter’s offer was way short of that figure. Sky Sport Italia reported that a €5m fee and a €25m transfer at the end of the season was proposed. A total that would have been £7.5m short of the Gunners’ asking price.