The latest word stemming from the European media on Monday suggests that Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi could make the move to Italian outfit Lazio before the close of the transfer market.
Arteta’s defensive options
The situation at the heart of Arsenal’s backline is a somewhat precarious one at present.
This comes with the Gunners, for the first time in some time, having a wealth of quality options at their disposal.
The club’s first two Premier League outings of the campaign have seen summer signing Gabriel Magalhaes and the rejuvenated Rob Holding handed starts.
This pair were accompanied by Kieran Tierney in a 3-man defensive unit in Arsenal’s opener, with the Scot having once again proven himself to be a potential quality centre-half in the making.
Sead Kolasinac replaced Tierney versus West Ham this past weekend, with the north Londoners having admittedly looked considerably less solid with the Bosnian in from the off.
Kolasinac’s inclusion, though, only came amid something of a defensive injury crisis at the Emirates at present.
Incredibly, all of Pablo Mari, who impressed in limited minutes last season, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are currently sidelined.
David Luiz, much improved since the arrival of Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, was only fit enough to be introduced off the bench at the weekend.
Finally, youngster William Saliba, widely tipped as a star of the future, is continuing to work towards fully adapting to his new surroundings in north London.
Mustafi to Lazio?
As such, evidently, when it comes to the central-defensive situation at Arsenal, something must give.
A number of the Gunners’ stoppers have been linked with exits of late, with Calum Chambers reportedly of interest to Fulham, Rob Holding a target for Newcastle, and Sokratis long tipped to join Napoli.
As outlined above, though, it is yet another of Mikel Arteta’s stoppers who has today been rumoured as potentially on the way out of the capital club.
The individual in question? Shkodran Mustafi.
The news comes courtesy of Italian outlet the Corriere della Sera (as cited by Sport Witness).
Mustafi is said to have emerged as a firm target for Serie A outfit Lazio, who feel that the German’s €15m asking price makes him ‘accessible’.
Nevertheless, the Biancocelesti are hopeful of striking a deal for a slightly lower figure, somewhere between €10-12 million.
This comes with Mustafi’s contract at Arsenal set to expire next summer, and a sale ‘seeming likely’.
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) September 21, 2020
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