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The transfer window might be closed shut, but Premier League clubs are still able to sell footballers to foreign clubs, and the Gunners are hoping to do just that. Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny have been available for transfer all campaign and stay so until the deadlines pass in other leagues.
Arsenal have been able to sign footballer in central defence and midfield, David Luiz and Dani Ceballos respectively, meaning that Shkodran and Mohamed are no longer needed even as cover. Germany international has attracted some interest from Ligue 1 and Bundesliga, but no bids have materialised.
Egyptian midfielder has got as far as having negotiations with Turkish club Galatasaray, but a deal is still some way from being completed. Mustafi made 37 appearances for the London club last campaign in all tournaments, but was regularly criticised for defensive errors and has dropped right down the pecking order for the new campaign.
Not only Luiz, but Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Callum Chambers and Rob Holding are all seemingly in front of the 27-year-old defender when Spanish manager is picking centre-backs. Gunners paid Valencia £35m for the German player in 2016 and are looking to reclaim, but any club paying £35m for the defender now seems extremely unlikely.
Elneny, also 27, has just played 46 Premier League matches for Arsenal since arriving from Basel in 2015 and only eight under Unai Emery last campaign. Amid the departure of Aaron Ramsey to Juventus this transfer window, the Egyptian’s first-team chances stay extremely limited this season, mainly due to the arrival of Dani Ceballos.