Arsenal round-up: Mustafi bid; Oxlade-Chamberlain update; Campbell doesn't want another loan
Arsenal will remain active until the final days of the transfer window, but their main focus is on selling players rather than bringing them in. The Mirror report that Inter Milan have made a bid for centre-back Shkodran Mustafi. They want to take him on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent £20 million permanent transfer. The Serie A club are refusing to give up on the deal, while Juventus have also made an enquiry.
It would be a surprise if Arsenal agreed to sell Mustafi, but the report suggests that Inter Milan have received encouragement that there is a good chance that a deal could happen. The German had a decent first season in the Premier League and is one of the club’s best defenders. However, Arsene Wenger needs to reduce his squad size and could decide that it is worth selling the centre-back in order to do that.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains unlikely to sign a new contract, despite further talks being planned for this week. The Telegraph report that he doesn’t feel the pressure to make an immediate decision and could be prepared to wait until next summer to leave on a free transfer. The Gunners are prepared to offer in excess of £100,000-a-week, but he wants to play regularly in central midfield and opportunities in the role have been limited at the Emirates Stadium.
There have been rumours about the midfielder for months and Arsenal are still a long way from agreeing a new contract with him. The longer that it drags on, the more unlikely it is that he will extend his stay in North London. It would be costly if the club agreed to let him leave on a free and if the player continues to delay a decision, they should agree to sell him.
Joel Campbell is back at the club and is working to rebuild his fitness after a knee injury that he picked up while on international duty. The Guardian report that he has made it clear to Arsenal that he doesn’t want to go out on another loan. He has been on several loans since joining the club and enjoyed only one full season as part of the Gunners’ squad. Arsene Wenger wants to trim the squad and the Costa Rican international is one of 28 senior players.
Although he has talent, he is unlikely to have a future in North London. Arsenal should attempt to sell him before the transfer deadline, as there is likely to be interest in his services if he is available for a reasonable price. It is understandable that he doesn’t want to go out on loan again, as he is at an age where he needs a permanent home.