Arsenal are reportedly warming to the idea of defender Konstantinos Mavropanos leaving the club for good according to reports in Germany.
Fussball Transfers report that both Stuttgart and Mavropanos are keen on a permanent deal being arranged following a successful loan spell with the German club this season, with Arsenal now said to be ‘opening the door’ on a potential transfer despite previous rumours suggesting that the Gunners would retain Mavropanos for next season.
The Greek defender is flourishing with Stuttgart this year after joining the Bundesliga club last summer on a season-long loan deal, with Mavropanos making 19 league appearances for the German club and asserting himself as a defender with real potential at a top-flight level, which raised questions over his future with Arsenal.
Mavropanos was signed to the north London club in the January transfer window of 2018 based on the recommendation of former Arsenal scout Sven Mislintat, who is now sporting director of Stuttgart and the main reason why the Greek defender ended up with the southwest German club.
Mikel Arteta and his transfer team with face plenty of difficult decisions this summer, and the future of Mavropanos is likely to be one of them, with the Greek defender in an awkward position of improving greatly on loan, yet being unlikely to break into the Arsenal first-team next season.
Whilst Arsenal will likely see the likes of David Luiz leave the club this transfer window, the Gunners will also be eager to assess William Saliba’s development at OGC Nice, and with the French teenager costing the north London side a reported £27m according to BBC Sport, the club stand in a fantastic position to make a big profit on the £1.8m spent on Mavropanos three years ago as reported by Sky Sports News.
The two defenders will both be eager to break into the Arsenal first-team for next season, but with Mavropanos the older of the two and joining the club for an incredibly cheap fee, the Greek centre-back could well depart north London should Stuttgart make an offer for the 23-year-old.