According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are willing to sell German international centre-back Shkodran Mustafi for a fee in the region of £22.3million. With the transfer window shutting in a week’s time, it seems like time is running out for a move elsewhere though.
An expensive mistake
It seems signing the German centre-back was an expensive mistake for the Gunners. Mustafi joined the north London club for a fee of around £35million from Valencia two summers ago.
The former Sampdoria and Everton defender was supposedly the answer to Arsenal’s centre-back conundrum. Unfortunately, Mustafi has struggled to live up to his billing of a top centre-back.
His pedigree was good having been part of the Germany squad that won the 2014 World Cup. However, since his move to north London he has looked more like the player who was once released by Everton in his youth, than a player who is a world champion. The fact that the Gunners are willing to take a loss on his sale tells its own story.
Dropped down the pecking order
One of Arsenal’s biggest priorities this summer in the transfer market was to sign a new centre-back. The Gunners managed that by bringing on Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Dortmund.
The Greek international is likely to be first choice centre-back at the start of the campaign, with Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Konstantinos Mavropanos competing to fill the other centre-back role.
That leaves Mustafi surplus to requirements at the London club. The 26-year-old looks unlikely to see much action in the new season, as new head coach Unai Emery seems to prefer the aforementioned four centre-back options.
Will he leave the club in the next week?
As we all know there is only a week until the summer transfer window shuts. That is not a lot of time for the Gunners to offload the centre-back. Reports from Turkey suggest that Galatasaray are willing to sign the defender on-loan.
However, it is believed that the Gunners only want to sell the defender on a permanent basis. Judging by the manner of his recent inconsistent performances for the Gunners, they may have a job finding a club willing to take the gamble on signing the German on a full-time basis.
Whatever happens in the next seven days, it seems highly unlikely that we will be seeing much of Mustafi in the new season, which some would argue is a positive for the team.
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