Arsenal’s Kostantinos Mavopanos is attracting interest from several Bundesliga clubs, according to Charles Watts of Goal.com.
Ever since his arrival from PAS Giannina in the summer of 2018, the defender’s stint in north London has been heavily impacted by injuries, mostly groin issues. Finally fit, he was sent out on loan to FC Nuremberg this January, and has so far shown decent consistency in terms of fitness, having made 10 appearances in the 2. Bundesliga. What’s more, his performances in those matches helped the team keep three clean sheets and overall have been impressive enough to draw attention from the German top flight.
Apparently, more than five Bundesliga sides have ‘registered their interest’ in the 22-year-old central defender, aiming to sign him on a permanent basis this summer. Mavropanos himself seems to be in two minds about the matter. His wish is to return to Arsenal for next season and fight for his place in the team, but he is aware that he is at a sensitive stage of his career and that getting regular game-time is vital for his development right now.
The situation with Arsenal’s centre-back department is far from clear at the moment. David Luiz will be out of contract if a new one isn’t agreed very soon, while Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos both have 12 months remaining on their respective deals. Both Mustafi and Sokratis have been linked with departure in recent months, but Mustafi has recently regained his spot in the team under Mikel Arteta, and no talks about a potential exit have been held with Sokratis.
Calum Chambers, under contract until 2022, is another defender who’s had serious issues with injuries. At the moment, he is absent with an ACL tear, and though he should be available for the start of next season, it remains to be seen how the long absence will impact his already fragile fitness.
Mavropanos still has three years on his current deal, but it is believed that Arsenal’s need for funds amid the financial difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic could force them to allow the Greek to leave permanently this summer; providing a suitable offer arrives.