Inter Milan End Mustafi Hopes

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Inter Milan have dropped their interest in Arsenal central defender Shkodran Mustafi having come close to signing the 25-year-old in the summer transfer window.

talkSPORT reports the Italian giants accept the north London club won’t sell the German World Cup winner in January and are looking elsewhere to solve their problem.

Inter intially wanted a season-long loan deal for Mustafi after Arsène Wenger and his coaching staff were left unimpressed by the defender’s debut season at the club. However, just as a deal seemed likely, it collapsed as the Gunners struggled to land a replacement. That was a recurring theme of the London club’s summer.

Mustafi was ill at ease in the heart of the Arsenal back four but fared better as Wenger switched to the fashionable 3-4-3 formation. He was robbed of FA Cup final glory after injury ended his season prematurely.

The Arsenal boss though was unconvinced about Mustafi and was prepared to take a £10m hit if it meant getting their player off the club’s books. As the deadline loomed and a replacement proved elusive, Wenger pulled out of the deal, leaving Inter and Mustafi in the lurch.

Luciano Spalletti’s reign got off to an impressive start with Inter unbeaten and two points off the top of the Serie A table. Strengthening their defence in January is a priority if the Nerazzurri are to return to the pre-eminent position in Italian football.