Sven Mislintat confirms Arsenal talks for 23-year-old Konstantinos Mavropanos

28.11.20, VfB Stuttgart - FC Bayern Münich: Kingsley Coman contests a header with Konstantinos Mavropanos. Photo: Pressefoto Rudel / Robin Rudel / Pool / Pressefoto Rudel Stuttgart Baden-Württemberg Deutschland
28.11.20, VfB Stuttgart - FC Bayern Münich: Kingsley Coman contests a header with Konstantinos Mavropanos. Photo: Pressefoto Rudel / Robin Rudel / Pool / Pressefoto Rudel Stuttgart Baden-Württemberg Deutschland

Sven Mislintat says VfB Stuttgart are now in talks with Arsenal over a summer move for Konstantinos Mavropanos at the end of his loan spell.

STUTTGART, GERMANY: Dominik Kohr of Mainz is challenged by Konstantinos Mavropanos of Stuttgart during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Mercedes-Benz Arena on January 29, 2021. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller / Getty Images)
STUTTGART, GERMANY: Dominik Kohr of Mainz is challenged by Konstantinos Mavropanos of Stuttgart during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Mercedes-Benz Arena on January 29, 2021. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller / Getty Images)

Speaking to German outlet Kicker, Sven Mislintat revealed that VfB Stuttgart are “in good talks with my ex-club”, adding “we are trying to get a loan”.

On the subject of an outright purchase, Mislintat said: “Buying is difficult in the current situation. Now there is a bit of back and forth.”

Kicker previously reported Arsenal seem to be opening the door a bit for Konstantinos Mavropanos to stay in the Bundesliga next season. The hierarchy are ready to agree to a move, and Sven Mislintat has legitimate hopes he can negotiate a loan with a purchase option.

Stuttgart paid €250k to sign Mavropanos on loan last summer, and he initially struggled with injuries at the start of the season. But he’s become a regular and one of the team’s top performers in recent months.

The reports fit with claims from the English media that Mavropanos is likely to go out on loan or a permanent move this summer. For the time being, it doesn’t seem Arsenal have him in their plans for next season.

Mavropanos has shown some good form in 2021. He’s featured in Teams of the Week, he’s earned a senior international debut for Greece, and a nomination for Bundesliga Rookie of the Month in February.