Reports from Italy suggest that Shkodran Mustafi has agreed a move to Lazio.
The German is currently sidelined because of a serious hamstring injury he sustained in July, but with less than 10 months left on his Arsenal contract – and no new terms being offered – he’s a likely candidate for a departure.
As ever though, it remains to be seen how much truth there is in it, and what kind of deal the two clubs can do if it gets that far.
There were suggestions of a fee in the region of €12m, but this seems far-fetched to us for a player with so little time left on his contract.
As further evidence of how things can change, the proposed move of Sokratis Papastathopoulos to Napoli is now off, report Rai Sport. He had been earmarked as a replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly who was expected to leave, but he’ll now stay in Naples, leaving the Greek international with a decision to make.
He has barely featured under Mikel Arteta, and made it clear that his priority was to play, so his future remains unclear.
There is reported interest from clubs in the middle-east, and like Mustafi, he is into the final 12 months of his contract. Arsenal are keen to trim some of the fat from the playing squad, particularly in the central defensive area.
The transfer window closes on October 6th.