According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi could be sold just 12 months after his arrival at the Emirates Stadium. Serie A giants Inter Milan and Juventus are the two sides closely linked with his signature, although the former are trying to sign the centre-back on loan. Juventus have yet to make an official approach.
It would be a big shock to see the German international leave Arsenal so soon after joining, as it would leave the Gunners very thin in defence. Laurent Koscielny has only just returned from injury, Per Mertesacker has been left out of the starting lineup so far this season, while Rob Holding has been dropped entirely.
And with Calum Chambers exiled from the first-team, Arsenal need to hold on to their defenders not sell them. Mustafi would be a strange departure also because his form hasn’t warranted such treatment. The 25-year-old had a dip in form in his debut season but nothing too serious that would lead fans to want to get rid of him.
It’s also unlikely Arsenal will recoup the £35m spent on bringing him to the Emirates Stadium in the first place, given the struggled they’ve so far had in selling players this summer. Mustafi made 26 Premier League appearances last season, one this campaign, and is touch and go whether he will make the squad for their upcoming top-flight fixture. Arsenal are 12/5 to win against Liverpool in Sunday afternoon’s Premier League meeting at Anfield.