Footy Extras

German centre-half looking to stay at Arsenal despite ongoing exile

Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi is not desperate to quit the club, despite interest from a number clubs, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The arrival of Gabriel this transfer window and the return of William Saliba from a loan stint have pushed Mustafi further down the centre-half pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners are open to proposals for the German and Italian sides Lazio and Napoli are reported to have been taking stock of his situation in London.

Arsenal are ready to sell the player for around £13 million and a sale would also ease pressure on the club’s wage bill.

However, Shkodran is not desperate to leave the Emirates this summer.

The 28-year-old is happy in the capital at the moment and has enjoyed working under Gunners manager Mikel Arteta.

He is aware of interest in his services, but no move is close to happening and Shkodran does not appear to be pushing to go.

The defender is into the final year of his deal at the Emirates Stadium though and Arsenal board could actively look to move him on before the transfer market closes on 5th October.

In other news, Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira’s move to Torino is reportedly in doubt as the Uruguayan is no longer considered a No.1 target by the Serie A club.

The Gunners had been keen to get the South American off their books this summer, either outright or on an initial season-long loan.

Torino and Fiorentina declared an interest in Torreira, who previously starred in Italy’s first tier during his time with Sampdoria.

Sky Sports News states that a switch to La Granata is no longer looking likely, however, as club senior figure Davide Vagnati instead wants to focus on other targets.