According to Volker Struth, agent of defender Benedikt Howedes, Arsenal and Leicester City tried and failed to bring the German international to the Premier League on deadline day, reports Sport Bild.
Howedes, now of Juventus, was keen to leave former side Schalke in the summer after being stripped of his captaincy and ended up joining the Serie A giants on a season-long loan. In addition to Arsenal and Leicester, the 29-year-old was believed to have interest from AS Roma too.
“There were talks with AS Roma, Leicester City and Arsenal in London because we heard here that Mustafi was courted by Inter Milan. (But Juventus) was Benni’s favourite from the start. Even if Schalke would have done a great job, you want to go to a club like Juve if the chance is there. Juventus is the jackpot,” Struth said.
Arsenal were making late moves in the transfer market after it emerged Shkodran Mustafi could be on his way to Inter Milan. The Gunners sold Gabriel Paulista and would have been short at the back if the German followed the Brazilian out of the door.
Per Mertesacker retires next summer, Laurent Koscielny is struggling with muscle injuries and Calum Chambers has been frozen out of the first-team. But Arsenal kept Mustafi, while Leicester signed Aleksandar Dragovic on loan from Bayer Leverkusen, meaning the two sides were content with their options at the back, until January at least.