Arsenal have announced that Dinos Mavropanos has secured another loan spell with Stuttgart by another 12 months, but it is believed this time the deal includes a purchase clause with an obligation to buy.
The centre-half made 22 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit last season, having joined up again with Sven Mislintat, the man who brought him to Arsenal in January 2018.
Mavropanos was part of a large collection of centre-halves on our books in 2020-21, which also included David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Gabriel and William Saliba.
The first three have now departed, but it seems the 23 year old’s performances in Germany weren’t enough to convince Mikel Arteta and Edu that his future should be in North London.
The Gunners are pursuing Brighton defender Ben White, with David Ornstein reporting this afternoon that deal is edging closer to a final agreement:
🚨 Arsenal moving closer to agreement with Brighton for Ben White. #BHAFC want guaranteed ~£50m, #AFC offering ~£45m + £5m. Face-to-face talks have taken place & negotiations continue over add-ons, payment structure etc. No other bidders yet @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/x9fJEUSMZ3
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 24, 2021
Quite why this isn’t simply a sale this season is unclear, although it may simply be a consequence of the current financial climate clubs across Europe are experiencing.
Arsenal can bank on the fee next year, believed to be around €7m according to German outlet Bild, while Stuttgart will cover the player’s salary for the duration of the new loan period.
Best of luck to him.