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Another European giant join chase for Arsenal defender

Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are in a foul mood following the weekend’s defeat to Stoke City and the latest transfer reports aren’t making them any happier.

Italian outlet TuttoSport claim Juventus have joined fellow Serie A side Inter Milan in the chase for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, who’s reportedly open to ditching the Gunners just one-year after joining from Valencia.

Arsene Wenger paid a mammoth £35m to bring the German defender to North London last summer but it seems the World Cup winner hasn’t fully settled to life in the Premier League and an exit, although surprising, could be on the cards.

Juventus see Mustafi as the ideal replacement for Leonardo Bonucci, who joined AC Milan earlier this summer, but Arsenal are not entertaining the thought of an exit having recently sold Gabriel Paulista to Valencia.

Arsenal reportedly want a replacement in return, with their eyes on Daniele Rugani, but it’s unlikely Juventus will agree to those terms.

Landlord’s Verdict

At 25-years-old, Mustafi still has plenty of years left in him and approving an exit this summer would be a major admission of failure from the Gunners after the fee they paid for the German last summer. They simply cannot afford to offload, as they lack defensive cover.

Mustafi is one of the best defenders at Arsenal, make of that what you will, and he’s crucial in the coming years with Per Mertesacker retiring at the end of the season and Laurent Koscielny already past the prime years of his career.

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