Konstantinos Mavropanos is likely to leave Arsenal this summer, but his future remains uncertain as VfB Stuttgart slip towards relegation.
There’s no way of sugarcoating the fact that VfB Stuttgart have been on a dreadful run in the last couple of months.
At the weekend, the Bundesliga side slipped to a late defeat to Hoffenheim, which made it nine consecutive games without a win (two draws, seven defeats).
Stuttgart are now four points away from escaping the relegation zone, and just five points clear of the bottom of the table.
Bottom club Greuther Furth have picked up 10 points to Stuttgart’s two since December 13th, so there are no guarantees that gap won’t continue to close.
Mavropanos had been making a positive early impression with the club, but he’s currently part of the fourth-leakiest defence in the league.
His early goals have also dried up, scoring five in his first 14 games of the season and none in the last nine.
The defensive situation is hardly his fault alone, and Mavropanos has still earned praise on an individual basis. The centre-back acting as his side’s primary goal threat was also ridiculous to begin with. But the current situation looks bleak.
Stuttgart’s obligation to buy Mavropanos was only active if they avoided relegation, which currently looks unlikely.
Stuttgart will still have the option to buy if they go down, and they’re probably most likely to consider that if they can flip him to another club for a significant profit to reinvest in their squad.
Yet you wonder how this recent run might affect prospective buyers.
At the very least, Stuttgart’s desperate situation will make them easier to take advantage of with lowball bids. By extension, that will hurt the money Arsenal earn through their sell-on clause in his deal.
The sooner the team can turn their form around, the stronger their position will be in the summer.
There are just 10 games to go in Germany, so they’re running out of time.