Italian outlet FC Inter News have claimed that Arsenal have offered defender Shkodran Mustafi to Inter Milan, meaning he is the second Arsenal defender linked with Antonio Conte’s side this month – after Sead Kolasinac.
Mustafi, 27, is in the firing line at Arsenal after dropping down the pecking order. David Luiz, Sokratis and Rob Holding are all ahead of the 2010 World Cup winner – as was Calum Chambers before the ex-Southampton and Fulham loanee got injured.
Germany international Mustafi has been heavily linked with a January exit and has also been touted as a possible signing for Turkish side Galatasaray this month. A decision on his future is yet to be made, though.
Now, it is believed Arsenal have offered former Valencia and Everton defender Mustafi to Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan. The report does not indicate if Inter have given a response, but it does suggest that Diego Godin could leave the Nerrazzuri.
Mustafi becomes the second defender to be linked with Conte’s Inter, who are going all out to win Serie A and knock Juventus off their perch. Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb have claimed that Inter want to sign Kolasinac, too.
TBR’s view – Getting rid of Mustafi is crucial, but Arsenal need Kolasinac
Freeing up some of the wage bill and getting flop Mustafi off the books is a move that benefits all parties involved – Arsenal, Mustafi himself as he can finally get some game time, and whoever signs him, that is, if he returns to his previous form.
Mustafi has deteriorated over the last couple of seasons and caught what many describe as the Arsenal disease – where Gunners defenders simply forget how to defend. Selling Mustafi is a no brainer, but keeping Kolasinac is just as important.
The Bosnian has been in fine form on the left flank and with Kieran Tierney sidelined until around March, Arsenal must keep the former Schalke defender until at least the summer.