Having already sold Gabriel to Valencia, another central defensive departure seems like it would be a bad idea, but at his press conference this morning Arsene Wenger didn’t exactly rule out the potential sale of Shkodran Mustafi.
The German international, signed from Valencia for £35m last August, has been linked with both Inter Milan and Juventus in recent days, and with the Gunners in need of central defenders for the three at the back system you would expect the manager to quash such rumours straight away.
However, Wenger didn’t exactly do that when asked if there was anything to the stories linking the 24 year old with a move to Italy.
“No, I don’t expect …”, he said hesitantly. “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 sounds as if he’s open to the idea of a deal, at least, which has led to further speculation about what might happen in the wake of that.
It would certainly leave us in need of a central defensive arrival, but it might also be a case that Wenger is planning to move away from the three at back system to a more traditional back four, and doesn’t need the numbers.
The last week of this window certainly promises to be interesting.