The entourage of Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is set to fly to Turkey to hold discussions with Galatasaray, according to reports.
The German centre-half has found game time hard to come by at the Gunners this season, having made just three PL appearances during the first half of the season.
He was heavily connected with a transfer away from the Emirates Stadium in the summer, with Roma the club linked with an interest. But Shkodran stayed at the club for a further six months.
Reports in Turkey now claim that the defender could be on his way out of the Gunners during the January window, with his representative holding talks with Galatasaray.
Fotomac claim that the Turkish giants are keen to land the 27-year-old after an injury to defender Christian Luyindama who ruptured his cruciate ligament.
Speaking about his future back a couple of months ago, Mustafi gave the reasons for not pushing through a summer transfer away from the club, despite Roma’s interest.
“My father, who is my agent, spoke to the club,” he told Sport BILD. “I am an Arsenal player and [I have] still got two years’ contract.
“I’ve never been someone who begins a war when something doesn’t work out. I always said: ‘If it is possible, I am open to taking the next step. If not, I keep playing my football.
“The manager said he sees me the same way he sees every player in the team. That’s why I played today and that’s it. We [are] going to see what the future holds.”
The report states that a loan deal to Turkey is the most likely option but a permanent deal could still be agreed between the sides.
Atletico Madrid would offer Thomas Lemar to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal in exchange for France international Alexandre Lacazette if their pursuit of Edinson Cavani ends in failure this month.
The Spanish giants have only netted 22 goals in La Liga this season and Diego Simeone is desperate to bring in a top-class forward to boost the club’s title chances, with Real Madrid and Barcelona five points above them in the table.
Edinson is at the top of Simeone’s wishlist but Paris Saint-Germain insist the Uruguayan will not be sold, despite his deal expiring in the summer.
As a result, Atletico Madrid have been scouring the market for alternative variants should Cavani remain in the French capital – and this has led them to the Gunners forward Lacazette.
Simeone and Atleti – who has registered a strong interest in Alexandre in previous transfer windows – are prepared to offer Lemar in any potential deal for the Arsenal forward, according to Marca.
The report stresses that Alexandre will only be targeted if it becomes clear that they have no chance of landing Cavani.
Lemar has failed to live up to expectations since his £51 million transfer from Monaco back in 2018 and the attacking midfielder has been heavily connected with a move to the Premier League this winter.
Reports earlier this week claimed that Chelsea had been offered the chance to land Lemar – and the 24-year-old would be keen on a switch to the Blues.
Lemar has also been on Jose Mourinho’s radar in the latest weeks, but Tottenham would only be interested in a loan deal for the player.
Arsenal have made enquiries about bringing in Franck Kessie this month, according to the latest reports in Italy.
The AC Milan midfielder has long been connected with a switch to the Premier League and was a transfer target of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Current head coach Mikel Arteta is interested in bringing in reinforcements in January, but Arsenal are targeting loan deals rather than any permanent acquisitions.
Arsenal broke their transfer record to land Nicolas Pepe last summer and the expenditure in the last market means the Gunners’ budget is tight this month.
However, Corriere Dello Sport state Kessie could be snapped in a bargain £21million deal.
The 23-year-old star has struggled for consistency at Rossoneri but has stood out this campaign despite the Italian giants languishing in tenth place in the league.
Arsenal have registered their interest in the Ivorian but will face competition from West Ham United.
Like Arteta, David Moyes is desperate to bolster his squad and Kessie could represent a brilliant deal considering his price tag.
Arteta has refused to be drawn into transfer speculation but did reveal he wasn’t expecting a busy month.
‘At the moment there is nothing coming up,’ Mikel said. ‘The club is working on a few things but you know how difficult this window is and I’m not expecting many things.’
Meantime, Shkodran Mustafi could reportedly finalise a move to Galatasaray in the coming days, with the Arsenal star’s agent flying to Turkey to hold talks over a possible switch.