Shkodran Mustafi has become the centre of speculation over the past week, with a few clubs believed to be keen on tempting him away from Arsenal, and a swap-deal involving Marcelo Brozovic is now being mooted.
The German international defender endured a rocky first season with the club, and it is unclear where he stands in Arsene Wenger’s pecking order. We currently have Rob Holding, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Calum Chambers, Mohamed Elneny and Jeff Reine-Adelaide all vying with Mustafi for a role in the three CB roles.
The 25 year-old is now said to be likely to be the subject of a player-plus cash deal which would see Marcelo Brozovic join us on loan, with our German defender moving to Inter Milan this summer.
The Croatian midfielder has been linked with our club for some time, and our interest is believed to be tested with the offer of his arrival on a temporary spell.
Brozovic has fallen out of favour at Inter Milan, supposedly due to disciplinary issues, and could well jump at the chance to get away from the San Siro. He is an exciting creative player, and looks likely to be a top player should he be able to curb his behavioural problems.
Mustafi’s exit may be considered, with him yet to repay the fee paid for him, and we could well browse the market for improvements at centre-back before signing off on such a deal.
Should we look to replace Mustafi? Would Brozovic be a good signing?