Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi has supposedly told the club that he wishes to leave, and has agreed a move with Inter Milan. The German international joined the club from Valencia in a reported £35 Million deal only last summer, and after a rocky opening campaign, is now being linked with the exit door.
Juventus and both Milan clubs have been speculated as interested parties, but according to the latest reports in Italy, the player has agreed a move to join Inter this summer. Arsenal will have to agree a fee for the sale to actually move forwards of course, but the claim is that Mustafi has made his intention to leave the club clear.
The Gunners will likely aim to recoup the full £35 Million which they paid only a year ago should they agree to his sale, but it is uncertain whether they would feel that they need to sign another centre-back to replace him, or give more responsibility to those already in the squad.
Mohamed Elneny and Calum Chambers both featured in the back three during pre-season, and could well be able to fill the hole left by the 25 year-old’s departure, but with Gabriel Paulista having recently departed the club, there may well be need for another defender.
Virgil Van Dijk is supposedly on our radar, and we are aware that he has already handed in a transfer request this summer, although he is supposedly favouring a switch to Liverpool at present.
Southampton have already made Liverpool apologise for the way in which they pursued the centre-back, and may prefer their star defender to move elsewhere instead, and he would certainly relish playing in a back-three,
Is Chambers ready to step-up? Would Van Dijk be enough? Is Mustafi easily replaceable?