Wenger Fails to Rule Out Shock Mustafi Exit as Legend Blasts Leaky Gunners Defence

?Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has failed to rule out the possibility of Shkodran Mustafi leaving the club before the end of the transfer window, with Inter seemingly keen on the German World Cup winner’s signature.

Mustafi joined the Gunners for £35m from Valencia just last summer, but his future has recently become the subject of speculation and Wenger refused to present any concrete assurances when directly quizzed on the matter by the press this week.

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“It’s difficult for me to speak about any individual cases because we are now in the final seven days of the transfer market,” Wenger is quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph on Mustafi.

“It’s always very difficult to predict what will happen there. You have to make quick and sharp decisions, and you cannot plan that and come out in the press conference with how you will respond to any solicitation.”

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After a delayed pre-season due to international commitments with Germany over the summer, Mustafi made his first appearance of the campaign in the 1-0 Premier League defeat at the hands of Stoke last weekend.

Possible defensive signings have conspicuously not been rumoured and an exit for Mustafi would leave an already questionable defensive unit weaker.

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Ex-Arsenal star Paul Merson is less than impressed, ranting on Sky Sports, “How are you every going to win the Premier League with Nacho Monreal playing in a back three? Please tell me?

“Look at the goal against Stoke, I could see what was going to happen. This is Arsenal Football Club, you can’t be playing Bellerin, a right back playing left back, and Monreal playing in a three. What is it? It has to stop! It can’t keep going on like this.

“Arsenal have got players going forward in abundance, but you’ve got to be strong at the back!”??

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Agent of Dortmund Star Reveals Reason Why His Move to Inter Milan Collapsed

Bariz Soofizadeh, the agent of Borussia Dortmund’s Emre Mor,? has revealed his client’s move to Inter Milan collapsed this summer due to the involvement of the Italian clubs Chinese owners.

The 20-year-old looks set to depart from Westfalenstadion this summer after only one-year at the club, and was seemingly set for a move to Serie A with Inter after a deal had seemingly been agreed between the two clubs. 

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However, Soofizadeh has blamed Inter’s Chinese owners for the deal collapsing as their constant meddling with finer details of the contract led to the two parties walking away from the negotiating table.

Soofidazeh told ?Fussball Transfers“Every time we reached an agreement with them [Inter], that Chinese owner came by and changed contract terms again.

With a one-year loan deal which would then turn into a permanent transfer reportedly agreed, Mor’s agent revealed a sudden bout of “absurd demands” from the Chinese owners, as he added: “They wanted to enter a clause of 80 million euros and made other requests.

“The negotiation was always based on these sudden changes, and the Chinese owner always offered renegotiation’s when a deal was reached. It’s no-one but Inter’s fault that the deal collapsed.

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“At present, the possibility of seeing him in Nerazzurri depends only on [Ivan] Perisic’s possible sale.”

Despite the midfielder making only 12 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund last season, the 20-year-old has received interest from across Europe, as Soofidazeh added: “Lille wanted him, with Everton and Huddersfield we talked. Two Bundesliga players were also interested. We already agreed with Florence, just before Inter reported.”




Inter Ready to Sweeten Reported Move for Arsenal Ace by Offering Player on Loan on Top of Cash

Inter Milan could look to tempt Arsenal into selling Shkodran Mustafi to them – and sweeten the deal by sending Marcelo Brozovic on a season-long loan to the Gunners.

That is according to supposed Serie A specialist David Amoyal, who told ?ESPN that Inter are desperate to strengthen their defensive options after they allowed Jeison Murillo to join Valencia on loan.

Amoyal stated that Manchester City outcast Eliaquim Mangala remains their primary defensive target ahead of next Thursday’s transfer deadline day, but that has not stopped them from making tentative enquiries about Mustafi by contacting the Germany international’s agent.

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He said: “After Jeison Murillo’s loan to Valencia, the Nerazzurri find themselves very thin at centre-back.

“While Inter’s main target is Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala, they have also contacted Mustafi’s agent about a potential return to Serie A.

“Reaching a deal with Arsenal will be difficult, however, since the Gunners are looking to get most of their £35m investment back immediately while Inter would prefer a loan deal with an option to buy.

“As an alternative, Marcelo Brozovic, who has been linked to Arsenal in the past, could be offered in a deal similar to the one Inter completed with Valencia involving Joao Cancelo and Geoffrey Kondogbia.”

Regardless of Inter’s interest, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would be mad to allow Mustafi to leave given his lack of central defensive cover at this current time.

The Frenchman only has Mustafi and youngster Rob Holding available as fit natural options at centre-half. Per Mertesacker are Laurent Koscielny are currently unavailable through injury and suspension respectively, while Gabriel Paulista was recently sold to Villarreal to the tune of £10m.

Allowing Mustafi to leave would significantly hamper Wenger’s plans to contest for silverware already this term, so it’s best to file this particular rumour under ‘extremely unliklely to happen’.

Mustafi joined Arsenal for around £35m from Valencia last summer and has accumulated 38 appearances for the north Londoners so far.




Inter Milan Reportedly Swoop for Promising Atalanta Star Bastoni for £9m Fee

?Inter Milan have reportedly completed the capture of promising defender Alessandro Bastoni from Serie A rivals Atalanta.

Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his ?own website that I Nerazzurri had agreed to sign the 18-year-old for a fee thought to be in the region of £9m.

Bastoni will, however, remain on loan at Atalanta for the next two seasons to continue his football development as part of their first-team set up, before heading to San Siro for the beginning of the 2019/2020 campaign.

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Inter will pay additional fees based on a number of contractual obligations written into Bastoni’s contract upon his arrival in Milan, which could end up taking the overall transfer outlay over the £10m mark.

Bastoni has made just four senior appearances for Atlanta since his promotion to the senior squad at the beginning of the year – three of which came in the Italian top flight and one which came in the Italian Cup.

The centre-back, who is also adept at featuring at left full-back, was an unused substitute for the club’s 1-0 defeat to Roma on the opening day of the season last Sunday, but Inter have presumably already seen enough to take a punt on the talented La Dea player.

Bastoni has risen through the youth ranks at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, and starred for the club’s Under-17 and Under-19 teams before he was called up to the first team squad by manager Gian Pieri Gasperini.

His senior bow came in a 3-0 Coppa Italia triumph over Pescara in November 2016 – a match he played the full minutes in – before his second start came in the 1-0 victory over Sampdoria on 22nd January.

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Further run outs were obtained against Inter and Udinese in Serie A and, despite being part of the side that was thumped 7-1 by his new parent club in March, the sleeping giants saw enough from his 34-minute sub appearance to make a summer move for him.


Malaga Looking to Sign Inter’s Gabriel Barbosa Following Brazilian’s Subdued Season in Italy

?Spanish side Malaga are reportedly aiming to sign Inter Milan and Brazil forward Gabriel Barbosa.

The 20-year-old forward, known as Gabigol, joined the Serie A outfit last summer with huge hopes, but only made nine appearances for the club – all of them off the bench. He registered a single goal, but also made the headlines when he stormed off the bench following the use of Stefano Vecchi’s third substitute during a 3-1 win against Lazio back in May.

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According to Spanish publication ?Diario AS, Malaga are looking to offer the player a way out, with their need for a new centre-forward exposed by an opening-day La Liga loss to Eibar. The report suggests that the Boquerones have already opened talks with Inter with a view to signing the player.

They will, however, face competition in the form of Portuguese sides Benfica and Sporting Lisbon, who are believed to have shown interest in attaining the player’s signature.

Gabigol, meanwhile, claims to have matured since the aforementioned incident and is ready to take on this season’s challenges.

“Every new season generates a great expectation on our part, from the people who follow us,” he said in a recent interview with Globo Esporte (H/T ?Goal).

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“It will be another year in Europe for me and I believe that I will be more prepared, more mature in order to play at my best.

“I hope this evolution can be shown on and off the pitch. I believe that. Even during the break, I made a point of staying in good physical and mental shape.

“I did physical work during this period to get back to Europe well. Now I will continue this and achieve my best physical and technical form in the season that will come.”