Arsenal Reject Galatasaray’s Offer to Take Shkodran Mustafi on Loan & Hold Out for Permanent Deal

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Turkish side Galatasaray have seen a loan offer for Shkodran Mustafi rejected by ​Arsenalwith the Premier League club instead looking for a permanent deal.

​The German looks to have fallen out of favour at the Emirates Stadium after a difficult season last time out, while the arrival of Sokratis and Calum Chambers’ contract extension has cast doubt on his standing in the team.

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Mustafi’s poor performances lead him to be omitted from the German World Cup squad at the back end of last season, capping off a disastrous season for the defender. A number of clubs have been credited with interest in signing the player since, with Arsenal believed to be open to selling if they can strike the right deal.

​One club who have made a move for the 26-year-old is Galatasaray, who have made a one-year loan offer for the centre back. However, Turkish news outlet ​Fanatik report that Arsenal have turned down their offer.


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The reasons appears to be that the Gunners would prefer a permanent transfer out of the club for Mustafi and will therefore wait to see how events develop in the coming days – Juventus are said to be chasing the defender for around €25m – with the English transfer window set to shut in a week.

​The report goes onto state that Arsenal are holding out for a cash sale to presumably reinvest in the squad prior to the English deadline on August 9, but that Galatasaray may stand a better chance of confirming a loan deal for him after that date. The deadline for clubs outside of England remains at the end of the month.

Arsenal face Lazio in their final pre-season friendly before they host reigning champions Manchester City on the opening day of the Premier League season.​



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