Arsene Wenger could not rule out an exit for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi this summer.
The German international joined the club from Valencia last summer in a reported £35 Million move, and endured a rocky opening campaign at the Emirates.
Mustafi did enjoy his time better as the season ran on, and impressed as part of our new back-three, but his place in the starting line-up is not guaranteed at present.
Juventus and the Milan clubs are all supposedly eyeing a move to bring him to Serie A, and when asked whether Arsene Wenger believed the defender specifically could leave the club, the Frenchman was unable to give a straight answer.
Wenger said: “It’s difficult for me to speak about any individual cases because we are now in the final seven days of the transfer market.
“It’s always very difficult to predict what will happen there. You have to make quick and sharp decisions, and you cannot plan that and come out in the press conference with how you will respond to any solicitation.”
We recently posted an article calling for Mustafi to be sold, in order to make way for a big-money move for Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton, given that the Dutch centre-half has handed in a transfer request.
Hopefully Wenger’s refusal means that he is eyeing a potential improvement on the 25 year-old, and we certainly need to invest more in the squad, having brought only two new players into the first-team squad so far this summer.
Is Mustafi an asset to our first-team squad? Is he easily replaced? Would the club stump up the required fee for VVD?