Arsène Wenger may not have fully ruled out a transfer for Shkodran Mustafi, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot stopping a move from happening.
Although the Express claims that the Italian media are reporting Arsenal’s openness to a Mustafi departure to Inter Milan, SportWitness point out that it doesn’t actually say anywhere in the Gazzetta dello Sport article that Arsenal are open to it.
Other than that, the strongest evidence we have that the German defender might leave the Gunners is that Arsène Wenger hasn’t completely ruled it out, just saying that the final days of the window are always unpredictable. Sky Italia say that the player has agreed to a move to Inter but the clubs haven’t agreed a deal. That’s called ‘tapping up’.
But taking a look at the other side, it would certainly be a strange move by Arsenal to sell the most expensive defender in their history a year after they bought him without bringing in a replacement. All in the same window that Gabriel leaves for Valencia.
There hasn’t even been anything particularly reliable confirming that Mustafi even wants to go. He’s spent years in England before, with Everton, and only left when he couldn’t get into the team.
Shkodran has also just welcomed his first child into the world, so moving to a completely new city (Milan) would be pretty disruptive.
If he does want to go, Arsenal have less than a week to negotiate a decent fee and spend it on a replacement.
Crazier things have happened in the transfer market and at this football club, I guess…