There is something of a fire sale going on at the Emirates this summer. Arsenal have been forced to deny 28-year-old striker Alexis Sanchez has handed in a transfer request but the club are close to selling Shkodran Mustafi, 25, to Inter Milan in a £20m deal according to the Daily Mirror.
Signed for £35m just a year ago, the German international failed to convince that he was the solution to Arsenal’s defensive woes and found himself relegated to the bench during Sunday’s disastrous four-goal drubbing at Anfield.
Coming from Valencia having been a member of Germany’s World Cup winning squad, expectations of Mustafi were high. For a while, it seemed to be a good move but when Arsenal’s defensive woes returned this summer, the German was viewed as expendable.
The emergence of 21-year-old Rob Holding, a £2m signing from Bolton Wanderers, undermined Mustafi’s claim to a place in the starting line-up and a late return due to Germany’s Confederations Cup triumph in Russia, did more harm than good for his Arsenal career.
Internazionale, with new Chinese investment behind the club, are determined to challenge Juventus for the Serie A title but as a stepping stone, a return to the Champions League is their target for the coming season. Mustafi, with his experience at this level for Arsenal, as well for his country, finds himself cast as a missing piece of that jigsaw.