Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Shkodran Mustafi is ready to leave Arsenal in the coming days.
The German defender has barely played for us this season. Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Gabriel Magalhaes and David Luiz are all ahead of him in the pecking order at the moment, and that is unlikely to change any time soon.
Mustafi has entered the final six months of his contract. Reports previously claimed that he will see out his deal at the Emirates and leave for free, but Romano believes the defender is open to a move in the coming days.
He said on the Chronicles of a Gooner podcast: “Genoa were really interested. Before they were contacting Sokratis they were trying for Mustafi, but there was no agreement about the salary or anything.”
“You also have to remember that Sokratis played with Genoa in the past, he was loved by the fans so it was different. Mustafi was playing with Sampdoria, the other team of Genoa, the same city, so he didn’t want to join Genoa.”
“Let’s see if any other club will go in. Barcelona don’t want to spend any money before they get the new president and they have the election in some days. So, at the moment with Mustafi, there is nothing advanced. But, for sure, he is a player ready to leave the club in the coming days.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Arsenal have already ripped up Sokratis and Ozil’s contracts and we might well do the same with Mustafi. The former Valencia man is unlikely to get any game time unless there are multiple injuries.
Mustafi currently earns £90,000-a-week at Arsenal. (Spotrac) That is a lot of money for someone who barely plays and him leaving will allow Edu to use the same funds on potential incomings.
The German has had his critics at Arsenal but he looked incredibly solid under Arteta before he got injured last term. Sadly, that pushed him down the pecking order and there is no way back for him.