Breaking: Shkodran Mustafi agree deal with Juventus

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Juventus are keen on centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, according to Corriere dello Sport (h/t Tom Coast of Sport Witness).

Coast noted how the report named Mustafi as an “alternative” to Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, even though the Gunners defender would cost close to €20 million (£17.7 million).

This isn’t the first time Serie A giants Juve have been linked with Mustafi. Tuttosport named the Bianconeri as competition for the 26-year-old in the summer of 2017, with domestic rivals Inter Milan also interested (h/t TalkSport).

There is reason to believe Mustafi could be available this summer, especially after James Olley and Giuseppe Muro of the London Evening Standard recently reported Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has “doubts over” the former Valencia man.

Mislintat’s doubts are well-founded since Mustafi has generally struggled mightily since moving to north London from La Liga in 2016. He cost the Gunners as much as £35 million but has rarely lived up to the price tag, recording a slew of mistakes and uninspiring performances.

He was exposed twice during a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United back in April, leading to more criticism:

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