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Barcelona eye January move for Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi?

Barcelona eye January move for Shkodran Mustafi?
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Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman reportedly identifies Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi as a surprise transfer target for the January window.

Barcelona could attempt to make a shock swoop for out-of-favour Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi during the January transfer window, according to a report.

The 28-year-old's turbulent time at the Emirates could soon be nearing an end, with Mustafi in the final year of his Arsenal contract and seemingly nowhere close to agreeing an extension.

The centre-back's father recently claimed that Mustafi could seek pastures new after falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta, with David Luiz, Rob Holding and Gabriel Magalhaes all preferred despite promising early signs for Mustafi after Arteta's arrival.

Despite being on the receiving end of plenty of criticism during his time in North London, Diario Sport claim that Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has earmarked Mustafi as a potential signing.

The report claims that the Barca boss wants to bolster his defensive ranks and Manchester City's Eric Garcia is still his number one target, but the Catalan giants could move for Mustafi if their pursuit of Garcia proves unsuccessful.

Mustafi has scored nine goals in 146 matches in an Arsenal shirt, but the injury-hit Germany international is yet to start a Premier League game for the Gunners this term.


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