Arsenal are said to be in talks with Shkodran Mustafi to end his contract with the club prematurely.
If a deal were to be reached, the Germany international would follow Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos away, making him the third player the Gunners severed ties with before their contracts ended in recent weeks.
According to Football.London, the club offered the player a contract extension over the summer, but it is understood that the 28-year-old rejected the proposal and his representatives are now looking for a way out of the Emirates. Stadium for their client.
Mustafi has only made three Premier League substitute appearances so far this season, making it clear that the World Cup winner is in disgrace with Mikel Arteta, and so you can see why a fix that will see him leave more early is underway. discussed.
It is said that there is interest in the center-back from a number of European clubs, but with only a few months left on his current contract, there is no way Arsenal can ask him for any substantial fees, in particular in this financial case. weather.
His last appearance for the Gunners came on Boxing Day when he was billed as a late replacement to help the team defend their lead over Chelsea. Since arriving in north London, he has made 151 appearances for the club, contributing nine goals along the way.
Mustafi could be on his way to Serie A if an agreement is reached regarding the termination of his contract, with Lazio seen as one of many clubs interested in securing his services. Before traveling to Spain in 2014, the defender spent time with Sampdoria, so the Italian top flight is a division he already has some experience with.
Much like the situations surrounding his now former teammates Ozil and Sokratis, it feels like if an agreement can be reached this will be the best solution for all parties as the player is clearly unhappy and sticking to him, the club would only delay the inevitable.