Konstantinos Mavropanos will return to Stuttgart on loan next season with the German side getting a purchase option in the contract.
Last week, it was reported that Mavropanos was on the verge of a £7m permanent move to the club he spent last season on loan with.
Now, Bild, in Germany, claim it will be a loan deal with a purchase option and they seem very excited about it. The loan will come with a ‘contractually anchored’ purchase price of around €7m, which Bild comment is “a real bargain price for the full-throttle defender!”
Mavropanos had a solid enough loan spell in Germany this season, making 22 appearances across the campaign. Bild write that he “became an absolute regular in central defence.”
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.