According to Sky Sports, Shkodran Mustafi has agreed to join Inter Milan, although a deal between the two clubs has yet to be completed (which is obviously the key factor).
The German international signed from Valencia for £35m at the end of August last year, and was a fixture in the side throughout the season. However, it seems something has drastically changed with his situation since his return from his extended holidays after the Confederations Cup.
It’s rare for a club to buy a player for such a substantial fee and move him on less than 12 months later.
The report suggests he would go to Inter on loan, with a fee agreed for a permanent move at the end of it, but it remains to be seen if that is the case.
When asked about Mustafi’s future at his press conference on Thursday, Arsene Wenger was somewhat equivocal about it, saying, “It’s difficult for me to speak about any individual cases, you know.
“We’re now in the final seven days of the transfer market and it’s always very difficult to predict what will happen there.
“You have to make quick and sharp decisions and you cannot plan that and come out in a press conference with how you will respond to any solicitation.”
It’s a long way from how he has spoken about Alexis Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain, players he definitely wants to keep at the club.
While there’s reason to be cautious about Sky Sports, whose track record regarding transfers is increasingly bad, it’s understood that Arsenal are prepared to let Mustafi go, as well as Oxlade-Chamberlain (with interest from Liverpool and Chelsea) and Kieran Gibbs who is linked with Watford.
The Lucas Perez situation remains ongoing, but as it stands right now, the club are not close to adding to the squad in any way.