Report: Played Arteta released's now wanted by overseas league leaders months after Arsenal exit

According to a report from Italian outlet Calciomercato, Shkodran Mustafi is one of the names on Inter Milan’s radar this summer – just two months after Arsenal released the defender.

It has been a miserable season for the Germany international. He had made only three Premier League appearances for the Gunners, managing fewer than 45 minutes across those games.

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As noted by Sky Sports, his contract at the Emirates was terminated early. And he ultimately joined Schalke on a deal until the end of the campaign.

Unfortunately, his fortunes have hardly improved since returning to the Bundesliga.

Schalke have lost four of the six games in which Mustafi has played. And in those games, they have conceded 16 goals. Relegation at this stage, looks to be inevitable.

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Nevertheless, it appears that Mustafi could be offered the chance to play in the Champions League next season.

According to Calciomercato, the 28-year-old is one of the defensive targets on Inter’s radar ahead of the summer. Nikola Maksimovic and Aissa Mandi are also wanted.

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Arsenal fans will be left baffled if Mustafi ends up joining the best team in Italy. Inter could go 13 points clear at the top of Serie A with a win on Wednesday.

Admittedly, he is a World Cup winner, and his form with Valencia prompted the Gunners to part with £35 million in 2016 (fee reported by BBC Sport).

But he rarely looked like living up to that fee while at the Emirates. And even amidst all of the current frustration about Mikel Arteta’s side’s form, there has hardly been any suggestion amongst fans that they made an error letting Mustafi go.

Inter have had success when signing players who have struggled in the Premier League in recent years.

But that does not mean that many will not be left scratching their heads should Mustafi end up at San Siro.

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Report: Played Arteta released's now wanted by overseas league leaders months after Arsenal exit