Unai Emery says he’s had a number of conversations with Shkodran Mustafi in which he’s told the German he can leave the club.
After three seasons in which he hasn’t managed to eliminate the flaws from his game, Arsenal are ready to let the £35m signing from Valencia go, but the Spaniard says that he’d use the 27 year old if needed.
The Gunners have signed David Luiz from Chelsea, pushing Mustafi down the pecking order, and at this point it feels like it would be the best thing for all parties if a transfer could be arranged.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener against Newcastle, Emery said, “I spoke with him when we finished last season, I spoke with him when we started pre-season and I spoke with him also two weeks ago saying maybe there was the possibility he can leave.
“But I do not have doubts if he needs to play because he is a good player. Maybe we decided to be more competitive in each position, at centre-back with David Luiz, with another player in the middle with Ceballos, with Kieran Tierney, with Pepe.
“I think being more competitive we can respond better in the season. Some players maybe they can play less with that situation and can leave.
“But it is one decision taken with the player, with the club, with the team. At the moment he is here and really if we need, he plays with us.
“I have confidence he will do well.”
Mustafi has been linked with a move to Ligue 1, with Monaco tipped to be interested, while he could be tempted by a move to Italy where he previously spent time with Sampdoria.
The window in Italy closes on August 18th, while in France, Spain and Germany it’s September 2nd.