AC Milan are interested in signing Shkodran Mustafi this summer, after a recommendation from Ivan Gazidis, with a deal expected to cost them around €20m.
Italian outlet Tuttosport (via Calciomercato) report that Milan want to bring Mustafi back to Serie A, after his spell with Sampdoria between 2012 and 2014. They claim the Europa League final could mark the end of the German defender’s relationship with Arsenal, as he hasn’t satisfied the staff or the fans in North London.
The Gunners aren’t going to get back what they invested in Mustafi, but Tuttosport believe €20m could be enough to complete a deal. Milan are considering it, and he fits the profile they’re looking for. He’s 27, with a lot of international and club experience and at an affordable price.
Gazidis, the ex-Arsenal CEO now with Milan, has also given his guarantee to the transfer.
Despite Mustafi’s errors this season, he does consistently record positive defensive stats. If a club like Milan believe they have the right system or the right coaches in place to account for/iron out his mistakes, signing the centre-back wouldn’t be as ridiculous as Arsenal fans make out.
Unfortunately, Arsenal have never been that club. The defender hasn’t improved significantly since joining and the Gunners have consistently suffered as a result of his errors. Bringing in €20m would be a good result at this stage, and for the best in terms of the player himself.