Arsenal outcast Shkodran Mustafi emerges as surprise Barcelona transfer target

Arsenal outcast Shkodran Mustafi is reportedly a transfer target for La Liga giants Barcelona.

Mustafi has featured in just two Premier League matches under Mikel Arteta this season with the Gunners struggling.

The Emirates outfit have won just four of their first ten fixtures, tasting defeat on five occasions.

Former Valencia star Mustafi has played just 43 minutes in the Prem and wasn’t even in the squad for the defeat to Wolves.

He has featured more regularly in the Europa League, playing the full match in both clashes with Molde.

Shkodran Mustafi has played just two Premier League matches for Arsenal this season
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Barcelona are searching for a centre-back with Ronald Koeman wanting more cover for the second half of the season.

And Mundo Deportivo claim Mustafi is one name on their long list of potential players.

Mustafi is out of contract at the Emirates at the end of the season, and Arsenal may allow him to leave cheaply come January.

Discussions over a new deal have reportedly stalled with Mustafi believed to have rejected a new deal in the summer.

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is eager to strengthen his defensive options

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Mustafi recently insisted that he wants to stay and fight for his place at Arsenal.

“When I made a decision to sign for Arsenal it is because I respect this club,” he said ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Dundalk last month.

“It is a huge club, that’s why for me if I could stay at Arsenal, of course, it would mean a lot to me.

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