Shkodran Mustafi ‘in talks’ with Arsenal over ending Gunners contract early

Shkodran Mustafi is reportedly in discussions with Arsenal over the possibility of terminating his contract with the club early.

The German defender's current deal is set to expire at the end of the campaign, but there has been speculation that he could move on this month.

The 28-year-old has only made three Premier League appearances all season after struggling with injuries, and has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates.

Mustafi has been linked with a whole host of clubs, including Serie A side Lazio, and according to Football London he could soon seal an exit from the Gunners as a free agent.

Arsenal have already let a number of players leave this month, with Mesut Ozil joining Fenerbahce, Sead Kolasinac going on loan to Schalke and Sokratis being released.

And Mustafi looks to be the next out of the door as the club continue to clear out some of their deadwood.

Mustafi first joined the Gunners from Valencia in 2016 and was a key first-team player for a number of years, helping his side win two FA Cups.

But both injuries and a loss of form have seen him fall out of favour recently, and it would now be some surprise to see him appear in Arsenal colours again.

He was left out of the squad which lost 1-0 to Southampton in the FA Cup at the weekend.

And an announcement over his departure could be made in the coming days.

Arsenal will be relieved to get Mustafi's £90,000-a-week salary off the wage bill as they continue to rebuild the team.

Arteta said of the player earlier this month: "Musti came back from a really difficult injury when he got injured at the end of last season.

"Up to that period I think he was doing really well, I think his performances were increasing and getting better and better.

"And now it's about when do you make the next step to be a starter, and the reality is that we have to change for different reasons, use different personnel.

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