Arsenal desperate to offload Shkodran Mustafi before end of European transfer window and could let flop leave on loan – The Sun

ARSENAL are trying to offload Shkodran Mustafi before the European transfer windows close in three weeks’ time.

And they could even allow the struggling German to go out on loan just to get his £80,000-a-week salary off their wage bill.

Manager Unai Emery has told Mustafi that he does not have a future at the Emirates and needs to restart his career with another club.

The 27-year-old centre-half cost £35million when he was signed from Valencia three years but could now be sold for as little as £15m.

Arsenal will have seven central defenders when everyone is fit and available as well as Nacho Monreal, who regularly played as part of a back three last season.

And Mustafi has been told he is at the back of that very long queue after failing to even make the subs’ bench for Sunday’s Premier League opening win at Newcastle.

That was in spite of Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavrapanos both being unfit to play and new signing David Luiz not considered for the starting line-up so soon after his deadline day arrival.

In the next few weeks we could lose some players.

Mustafi made 39 appearances for the Gunners last season but was booed by supporters during the club’s pre-season games and now accepts he needs to move on.

He has resisted Arsenal’s efforts to sell him during the past two summers but fears he will be consigned to the sidelines if he hangs around for much longer despite having another two years of his contract to run.

Emery confirmed: “I spoke with Mustafi two weeks ago when I told him that there may be a possibility that can leave.

“I am very happy with the squad we have but the transfer market is still open in other countries and in the next few weeks we could lose some players.”

A number of Italian clubs have been alerted to Mustafi’s availability, with AC Milan, Lazio and Sampdoria all regarded as potential purchasers.

But he could also be offered on loan to Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Galatasaray with a view to a cut-price permanent move next summer.

Mustafi’s Arsenal opportunities will soon be limited even further with Holding now on the brink of a first team return.

Holding has been sidelined since rupturing a cruciate ligament against Manchester United last December.

But he completed his second comeback game for Arsenal’s Under-23 team away to Blackburn on Monday and could even be considered for Saturday’s Premier League game at home to Burnley.

Emery, though, does not want to rush the player back too soon and Holding is more likely to return after next month’s international break, with the game at Watford on September 15 being targeted.

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