Shkodran Mustafi’s agent appears to have held talks with Barcelona about a possible move to the Spanish giants.
The German centre-back is out of contract at the end of June and is thought to have turned down a new deal at the Emirates.
The 28-year-old is free to sign a lucrative pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs in January although Arsenal, eager to make room in the squad for new faces, would most likely sanction an exit when the transfer window opens in 10 days time.
After taking to Instagram to post a picture outside the Nou Camp, representative Emre Ozturk was forced to deny suggestions that another client, 17-year-old Rapid Vienna forward Yusuf Demir, was a target for Barcelona.
Quizzed by Austrian site Spox.com, he let slip that it was actually Mustafi that was the subject of a meeting.
His response, according to Sport Witness: “I’m not in Barcelona because of Yusuf Demir, but because of Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal, whom we also represent.”
On the surface, it looks pretty fanciful. But then you remember that Barcelona are in a terrible state right now – takes one to know one 😉 – and have a history of left field Arsenal purchases.
A swap deal for Messi seems fair.