Dinos Mavropanos has been linked with a move to Panathinaikos, but reports from Greece suggest the 21 year old has turned down an approach as he wants to try and break into the Arsenal team this season.
There are also suggestions AEK Athens have their eye on him too, but with the centre-half situation at Arsenal somewhat up in the air right now, it remains to be seen what the club’s plans are for the young defender.
Mavropanos is currently sidelined with yet another occurrence of the hip/groin injury which has troubled him on and off for the last 12 months, and he has yet to play any part in the pre-season games.
Those would have given Unai Emery a chance to assess his readiness for the new season, but instead he’s been undergoing treatment.
The Arsenal boss confirmed yesterday that the club are looking to bring in a central defender before the transfer window closes, and with Laurent Koscielny’s situation a cloud that hangs over the squad, Mavropanos may want to stay put and fight for a place when fit.
Rob Holding won’t be back until after the first international break at the earliest, while neither Calum Chambers or Shkodran Mustafi have done much in pre-season to suggest they’re the right man to anchor the defence alongside Sokratis who is now basically our first choice in that position.
Arsenal remain tight-lipped over the future of Krystian Bielik, another potential central defensive option, but it seems almost certain the 21 year old Pole will depart this summer on a permanent basis – with Charlton said to be interested in signing the player who played his part in their promotion to the Championship last season.