Mustafi on his way back to the Serie A – Arsenal fans angry 

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Shkodran Mustafi is ready to move back to the Serie A, as Juventus and Inter Milan scramble for his signature.

The defender was the subject of a loan bid from Inter two weeks ago but it was swiftly rejected by Arsenal who wants to do a permanent deal.

Reports claim, Mustafi has failed to bond with his team at Arsenal and Wenger is willing to sell him despite joining the club just last August.

Inter are currently leading the race to sign the defender but Juventus aren’t far behind as they continue to monitor the German as a replacement for Leonardo Bonucci.

According to the Mirror Inter Milan and Arsenal remain locked in negotiations for Mustafi but Juventus are keeping tabs on development

The report claims Wenger wants a fee in excess of £20m for Mustafi, which differs from initial reports that claimed the manager would only sanction a bid for around £35m.

Mustafi’s exit will leave Arsenal light at the back, especially after the club sold Gabriel to Valencia just a fortnight ago.

However, Wenger believes Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers are enough to go through the whole of the campaign and will not sanction a move for another defender even if Mustafi leaves the club this summer.

Mustafi spent part of his early career at Everton and struggled to cope with the demands of the Premier League, before moving to the Serie A to join Sampdoria. It appears to be happening again for the Germany international who is now likely to return to the Serie A after struggling to adapt to the EPL for the second time in his career.

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Mustafi agree to join Inter Milan as Wenger close in on deal for van Dijk

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Arsenal want either Virgil Van Dijk or Jonny Evans to replace Shkodran Mustafi, according to Calciomercato.

Mustafi could join Inter before the transfer window closes on Thusday and has reportedly agreed a €3.5m a year deal with the Italian giants.

Both clubs are still in negotiations over the German and the Italians have proposed a loan move with an option to buy permanently.

 Arsenal are yet to agree to the Italian’s proposal but they remain confident of reaching an agreement before the transfer window closes.

The report even suggests Arsenal have set the wheels in motion to replace the German. It is claimed that the club has identified Virgil Van Dijk and Jonny Evans as potential replacements for Mustafi.

This is contrary to reports in England, which suggest that Wenger is happy with the four centre defenders – Mertesacker, Chambers, Koscielny and Holding – he has at his disposal.

Van Dijk who is the Premier League’s most sought after defender this summer is also attracting interest from both Chelsea and Liverpool. Arsenal have been linked with him at different times this summer but I don’t think Wenger would want to focus all his efforts on him, especially as Southampton are reluctant to sell.

Evans, a long-standing Arsenal target, is attracting interest from Manchester City, who have had an £18m bid rejected already.

Wenger Basically Confirm Mustafi’s Exit

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Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out selling Shkodran Mustafi before next week’s transfer window deadline.

Mustafi is being linked with a move to the Serie A, with Juventus and Inter Milan both keen on his services.

Initially, Gooners found the reports linking the defender to the Serie A outrageous because Mustafi was a key player for us last season but it is becoming realistic, after Wenger refused to rule out selling the German.

When asked during his press conference about Mustafi’s future, Wenger refused to rule out selling the defender.

‘No I don’t expect [him to leave]. It’s difficult for me to speak about individual cases.’

‘The transfer market is now in the final seven days and it’s always difficult to predict what happens. You have got to make quick and sharp decisions.

‘You cannot come out in press conferences and say how you will respond to any solicitation.’

Bought for £35m from Valencia last summer, Mustafi quickly formed a strong partnership with Koscielny but injuries didn’t allow him enjoy a perfect season, restricting him to just 26 league appearances.

It’s being claimed that he has failed to bond with his teammates and as a result, Wenger would consider selling him if a replacement can be found and if the money spent on him last year can be gotten back.

Wenger’s comment does suggests that there is truth in the rumors and that makes me wonder why we haven’t been working towards signing a centre back before now. It’s just seven days left in the transfer window, there is no longer enough time to find a world class defender to replace the German. It would be a risky decision to rush into signing a replacement for such crucial position.