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Report: Mikel Arteta looking to offload Arsenal player for £26m less than what Gunners paid

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is reportedly surplus to Mikel Arteta’s requirements and could be sold this summer with AC Milan interested in his services, according to Todo Fichajes.

The Germany international looked set to depart Arsenal after falling out of favour under former Gunners boss Unai Emery and being told to find a new club last summer.

Arteta’s appointment in December, however, offered Mustafi the chance to start afresh, and he now has a new lease of life at the Emirates Stadium, having repaid the Spaniard’s faith with a series of impressive displays alongside David Luiz.

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Despite his recent improvements, the 28-year-old’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season, and with William Saliba set to arrive in the summer, both Mustafi and Arsenal have decisions to make.

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According to Todo Fichajes, Arteta is set to twist rather than stick, claiming Mustafi is no longer part of his plans, and could look to move him on from the Emirates, with Italian giants Milan thinking about making a move.

Mustafi, who reportedly cost Arsenal in excess of £35million from Valencia in 2016, is now said to have an asking price of €10million (around £9million).

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Although Mustafi has improved under Arteta, the combination of his contract expiring next year and the huge financial impact on the football industry due to the global health crisis appears to have weakened the Gunners’ hand.

The player himself previously said he enjoys playing for Arteta and can imagine doing so (Sky Sports), but if the Spaniard doesn’t plan to use him, then this summer is their only hope of getting back a reasonable enough transfer fee.

That said, although Arsenal probably expect to take a hit in terms of what they can get back to him, surely they can get more than £9million, a meagre sum which would mean the Gunners would be making a £26million loss on the player.

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