Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi looks set to leave the Emirates after only one year in north London.
The German international defender only joined Gunners last summer in a £35 million deal from Valencia but has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular under Arsene Wenger.
The World Cup winner was benched for the Sunday’s 4-0 humiliating beating by Liverpool as is believed to have already agreed to terms with the Serie A giants Inter Milan.
The Nerazzurri have invested significant amounts of money over the past twelve months but had little luck in getting the club back on the path of old glory. The new Chinese owners are willing to dig even deeper in their pocket however and allow the club management to add a couple of more names before the transfer window closes, Italian media outlets are reporting.
Shkodran Mustafi is being mentioned as Inter’s first choice for the defensive department, but Arsenal appear keen to recoup the majority of their investment which stands as the biggest stumbling block at the moment. Inter Milan are looking to work their way around the hefty price by attempting to loan the player for the remainder of the current season with an option to buy at the end of the campaign for a fee between £25 and £30 million.
Serie A fallen giants are reportedly willing to cover all of Mustafi’s wages, believed to be standing around £90,000 a week.
News about Mustafi’s imminent move to Italy has not sat well with the majority of Arsenal fans, however.
Arsenal have already sold one centre-back this summer with Gabriel Paulista’s £10 million move to Valencia and the fans are beginning to question Wenger’s plans as another defensive departure would leave the Frenchman with limited options at the back.
And with Rob Holding failing to earn his stripes after a below-par display against Liverpool, Wenger could reconsider his decision or at least step up the efforts to bolster the backline during a remaining couple of days of the transfer market.
Knowing the Frenchman, however, it is highly unlikely that such a thing would happen.