Konstantinos Mavropanos is on the verge of joining VfB Stuttgart on a permanent deal for a fee in the region of £7m, according to reports.
Football.London report that Konstantinos Mavropanos will leave Arsenal in the coming days, preparing to join VfB Stuttgart on a permanent deal.
After his loan spell with Stuttgart came to an end, talks between Arsenal and the Bundesliga side started up. With Mavropanos aware that he wasn’t in Mikel Arteta’s plans going forward, they discussed a £7m exit.
Mavropanos had a solid enough loan spell in Germany this season, making 22 appearances across the campaign.
The early stages of his loan were haunted by the injury problems that have plagued his last three seasons, but from February onwards he had a good run in the team – albeit with another minor knock to end the season.
The 23-year-old’s form was spotted by his country, with Greece calling him up for his international debut in March, and recalling him for a second cap in June.
But it was always going to be hard to carry that momentum back to Arsenal. William Saliba is returning from loan at the same time, there are strong rumours linking Ben White with a move to the Emirates, so it was inevitable there would be departures.
Stuttgart have been clear from the start that they wanted to bring Mavropanos back. Initially, Sven Mislintat suggested they were looking at a loan, but a permanent move is going to work better for Arsenal ahead of a busy summer of potential incomings.