Shkodran Mustafi clearly has no future at Arsenal. Unai Emery has already said that the German centre-back should leave the Emirates Stadium this summer, as reported by Sky Sports.
It would seem that Mustafi has come to the same conclusion, as his agent is seeking to engineer a move for the defender. As quoted by The Mirror, Mustafi’s father and agent has said, “the best for both sides is probably to work on a transfer”.
However, as things stand, the 27-year-old remains an Arsenal player. The Gunners will be keen to find a buyer for the defender, but may struggle to find a club willing to take on his £90,000-per-week wages (Spotrac). Given Mustafi is under contract in north London until 2021, there is little incentive for him to take a pay cut. As his agent also stated, “we still have a contract for two years and can imagine to stay in London”.
Clearly, a departure for Mustafi this summer is hardly a done deal. Despite Emery making it clear that he is not in his plans, there remains a good chance that the club will fail to offload the 20-cap Germany international. Considering loan offers may be a wise course of action at this stage.
It is vital that Arsenal move Mustafi on. He has proven himself to be short of the required level and has come to represent everything that has been wrong with Arsenal’s defence in recent years. Getting him out of the club would be a sign of progress, failure to do so would indicate that Arsenal are struggling to clear the deadwood out of their squad.