Barcelona have turned down the chance to sign Shkodran Mustafi after being offered the chance to sign the Arsenal defender, according to a report from Football London.
Mustafi’s long-term future appears to lie away from the Emirates. As reported by Football London, his contract with the Gunners expires in the summer.
It is suggested that Mustafi has previously rejected the chance to sign a new deal. So it appears that the Germany international will be on the move at some stage in the coming months.
However, it seems that that move will not be taking him to the Nou Camp.
Football London suggests that Mustafi has been offered to Barca after they lost Gerard Pique to a long-term injury. But it is claimed that Ronald Koeman’s men have rejected the chance to sign the defender as they pursue other targets.
TBR View: Arsenal should be prepared to sell Mustafi in January
In truth, there is little reason for a foreign club to bid to sign Mustafi in January – unless they desperately need to bolster their ranks in next month’s window.
Overseas clubs can discuss pre-contract terms with the 28-year-old that could see him move for nothing in the summer.
But if Arsenal are offered the chance to offload Mustafi in January, they surely have to take it.
Mustafi – who earns £90,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – has generally been a disappointing signing for the Gunners. And Arsenal have the options to cope with losing him a few months early.
It appears that Barcelona are not going to come calling. But Mikel Arteta should leave the door open in case another club makes a move.