Arsenal fans have long complained about German defender Shkodran Mustafi over many of the mistakes he makes which costs the team in games. The latest came in less costly circumstances, though, still got fans of the club angry at his presence in the first team and it seems the board at the Emirates Stadium may have heard their cries.
Mustafi was brought to great shame by an Al-Nasr player during the friendly match between both clubs on Tuesday afternoon in Dubai. The Germany international was sent sprawling on the field while trying to defend against Al-Nasr player Ronnie Fernandez, whose deft first touch embarrassed the Arsenal player, and created the needed opening for the player to give Al-Nasr the lead against the Gunners.
Arsenal recovered to win that friendly encounter 3-2 courtesy of goals from Carl Jenkinson, Alexandre Lacazette and youngster, Tyreece John-Jules, but the impression Mustafi left on fans of the club was far from satisfactory.
So it is no surprise they would be overjoyed to hear that the club is looking to complete a deal for Barcelona defender, Samuel Umtiti. The North London club is in for the Frenchman and hope to beat Manchester United to his signature according to reports.
This comes as the Catalan giants are reportedly interested in following up on reaching an agreement to sign Frenkie de Jong from Ajax Amsterdam with signing his close pal and team-mate, Matthijs De Ligt, from the club this summer as he is viewed as Gerard Pique’s long-term replacement, meaning Umtiti, who has lost his place to Clement Lenglet, could be available to leave the Nou Camp this summer.
The France international was linked with the Red Devils last summer but signed a new contract with Barcelona in June with a release clause of €500 million (£425 million) inserted in the deal. But rumours has been going round in recent times which suggest that the 25-year-old could still move to the red side of Manchester at the end of the season.
According to Spanish publication, Mundo Deportivo, however, it is believed that the Red Devils are not alone in their pursuit of Umtiti, as their top four rivals Arsenal have joined the hunt.
Head of football relations at the Emirates Stadium, Raul Sanllehi, reportedly played a big role in signing the 25-year-old for Barca three years ago, and could be influential again. Umtiti has started just nine games in La Liga and the Champions League this season, with a knee injury limiting his playing time for the club