Speaking to the Chronicles of a Gooner YouTube channel, Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Shkodran Mustafi is ready to leave Arsenal in the coming days.
This comes after Sokratis’ contract was terminated and Mesut Ozil headed to Turkey to finalise a deal with Fenerbahce.
It’s been mentioned a number of times this window how important it was for Arsenal to get players off of their wage bill, and it seems as though that’s exactly what they’re doing.
Romano was discussing Genoa’s reported interest in Mustafi, before claiming that he’s ready to leave in the coming days.
“Genoa were really interested, before they were contacting Sokratis they were trying for Mustafi, but there was no agreement about the salary or anything,” Romano said.
“You also have to remember that Sokratis played with Genoa in the past, he was loved by the fans so it was different, Mustafi was playing with Sampdoria, the other team of Genoa, the same city, so he didn’t want to join Genoa.
“Let’s see if any other club will go in, at the moment I don’t have anything confirmed about Barcelona just because they are working on the Eric Garcia deal, he will join the club in the summer, but for sure they are trying to have him also now in January but that won’t be easy.
“They don’t want to spend any money before they get the new president and they have the election in some days, so at the moment with Mustafi there is nothing advanced, but for sure he is a player ready to leave the club in the coming days.
Mustafi leaving Arsenal this month doesn’t come as too much of a shock.
The German hasn’t been a key man in Mikel Arteta’s side this season, and it makes sense for the Gunners to try and cut his wages from their bill.
Where Mustafi ends up remains to be seen, as Romano says there have been murmurs about Barcelona being interested in the Arsenal man, but the the La Liga giants having all sorts of problems with their ownership and their finances, that could be a difficult deal to broker.
This is certainly a situation to keep an eye on.