Mustafi Replacement: Arsenal lineup powerful Serie A defender for shock January move

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Atlanta are expected to reject any offers from Arsenal for their defender Gianiluca Mancini during the January transfer window, according to Inside Futbol.

 The 22-year-old has been attracting a lot of interest this season with his impressive performances in the Serie A this season.

He solid defensive qualities have been on show, but its his attacking prowess that has really caught the eyes lately, with three goals in his last three league appearances.

The likes of Inter, Juventus, Dortmund and Arsenal sent scouts to watch him recently as his side routed the Nerazurri in a surprising 4-1 victory.

There are already suggestion of possible bids as early as January, but reports in the Italian media suggests that Atlanta would not consider selling him at this stage of the season.

The defender has been a key part of their project this season, and it is hard to see them letting him leave midway through the season.

To the club’s advantage, he has a contract that runs till 2023, so they are under no pressure to sell anytime soon, unless an astronomic offer is made.

Arsenal’s interest in Mancini is not surprising, given that while they seem to be well stocked at the back, their two highest scoring defenders Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are both among the oldest players in the squad and need replacement sooner than later.

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