According to Sky Sports in Italy, Arsenal have turned down an approach from Inter Milan to sign Shkodran Mustafi on loan for the season.
The Germany international moved to London from Valencia last summer in a deal worth nearly £37 million. He went on to make 37 appearances in a steady debut season often partnering Laurent Koscielny before we switched to a three-man defence.
Mustafi has already played in Serie A for Sampdoria so a link with an Italian club isn’t impossible to countenance. That said, with Gabriel set to sign for Valencia, Calum Chambers linked with an exit and Per Mertesacker retiring at the end of the season it’s a little surprising that the report hints we’d be open to offloading the player permanently, particularly if we can recoup much of last year’s outlay.
Arsene Wenger does have several options at the back, in addition to Koscielny and Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are both versatile enough to play both on the left and in the centre.
Is it possible that we’re tempted to make some cash this summer knowing we’re going to lose big names in 12 months for free? Do we have our eye on someone else in this window? Are we weighing this up because Mustafi is easier to offload at a time when the squad needs trimming and the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson and Carl Jenkinson don’t seem to be able to find clubs? Is it all b*llocks?
We’re leaning towards the latter, but stranger things have happened.
Mustafi spent the summer in Russia helping his country to Confederations Cup success but despite an extended break was immediately added to the bench for the opening game of the season. He’s in contention to start tomorrow’s game with Stoke City.