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Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis has denied reports that Arsenal tried to sell Shkodran Mustafi in the summer.
Mustafi was the subject of interest from Inter Milan in the summer transfer window and at some point the move was close to happening.
Many Gooners couldn’t understand why Arsenal would want to sell one of its best defenders but Gazidis apparently cleared up the situation in the club’s annual general meeting.
When asked about the club’s transfer policy in the last annual general meeting, Gazidis denied the club tried to sell Mustafi.
“We want to do better, he said as quoted by the Daily Cannon. There are many agendas at play. It’s difficult to see clearly through the noise.”
It’s normal for Gazidis to defend the club’s transfer policy but there have been obvious flaws in this policy in recent years. The signings of Lucas Perez and Gabriel Paulista didn’t work out well and Wenger even confirmed in one interview that he had doubts about Gabriel before he joined us. All these points to a flawed transfer policy which must be addressed if we really want to do better.
Mustafi ended up staying at Arsenal after Wenger failed to bring in Jonny Evans as a replacement. Many Gooners didn’t like the prospect of replacing Mustafi with Evans and were relieved that the move didn’t happen.