Arsenal have offered Lazio the chance to sign defender Shkodran Mustafi as they look to offload him before the window closes, according to La Lazio Sia Monoi.
Mustafi is available for just £13.7 million with the German World Cup winner out of contract at the end of the season.
Arsenal will consider it last chance saloon in which to get a reasonable fee for the 28-year-old and are active in trying to find a buyer.
Mikel Arteta wants to raise some cash to try and finalise his squad ahead of the transfer window closing next month.
Mustafi is one of several players who could be offloaded before the deadline, with the defender way down Arteta’s pecking order.
The summer signing of Gabriel and an apparent u-turn over Rob Holding has seen Mustafi drop further down the ranks at Arsenal.
Recently, injury has prevented him from being available for selection but there is every chance he’s played his last game for the club.
Mustafi earns £90,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium and getting that sum off the wage budget could prove ideal for Arteta’s recruitment plans.
Arsenal signed Mustafi in 2016 from Valencia for a fee in the region of £35 million. He has played 142 games for the Gunners, scoring nine goals in the process.
TBR View – Selling Mustafi representative of Arsenal ambition
The man who won the World Cup for Germany has done okay for Arsenal but the okay nature perhaps won’t be tolerated under Arteta.
The boss is keen to stamp his authority on the squad and quite simply he has better players than Mustafi currently in his squad.
Gabriel is a tremendous signing from Lille and that will only serve to hamper Mustafi’s chances of regular football.
Selling him looks like a good move by Arsenal.