ESPN have claimed Arsenal have placed centre-back Shkodran Mustafi on the transfer list after a lack of game time throughout the first half of the 2019-20 campaign – and Carlo Ancelotti has got to consider bringing him back to Everton.
Mustafi, 27, has managed just eight appearances in all competitions for Arsenal this season – only one of which came in the Premier League. The Germany international played in the 2-2 draw with Norwich, and was heavily criticised.
A World Cup winner, Mustafi was signed for £35million (Guardian) but the former Valencia man has hardly lived up to the standard mny expected when he moved to north London. Now, he is well down the pecking order.
Mikel Arteta may give him a reprieve but he is reportedly transfer-listed ahead of January, with David Luiz, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Sokratis all ahead of the centre-back in the pecking order.
Before Mustafi came to prominence at Sampdoria in Serie A, he spent two and a half years at Everton after the Toffees scouted a 17-year-old Mustafi from Hamburg. He managed just one senior appearance, and 34 Under-23 outings.
Fast forward 10 years, and Toffees boss Ancelotti desperately needs to bring in a centre-back in January. With Mustafi transfer-listed and likely to be available for a fee much smaller than the one Arsenal paid for him – Everton should make a move.
Phil Jagielka returned to Sheffield United in the summer, while Kurt Zouma’s loan came to an end. It left Everton with just Michael Keane and Yerry Mina, who have both struggled at points this season. Mason Holgate has come in.
But the Toffees need another option at the back, and bringing Mustafi back to Merseyside would surely be a solid option for Ancelotti – especially given that he would be available on the cheap.