Shkodran Mustafi rejected an Arsenal contract extension this summer and told the Premier League side he plans to leave.
There are reports that the German international is keen to move to Italy, where his wife’s Albanian-Swiss family live nearby in Switzerland.
Mustafi is without a contract next summer and has enjoyed a brief renaissance under Mikel Arteta, starting 15 of 17 games under the Spaniard before requiring knee surgery in July.
The 28-year-old seemed certain to leave under the guidance of his predecessor Unai Emery, with the former Sevilla coach admitting it would be ‘positive’ for Mustafi and his teammate Mohamed Elneny to continue their careers elsewhere.
Football London understands that the 2014 World Cup winner hired a Germany-based agent last January, with his father working at the same sports management company, and would be keen to move on to a Serie A team.
Arteta was asked about Mustafi’s contractual situation after his injury diagnosis and remained coy about whether or not the center-back would remain with the north London squad after joining Valencia four years ago for 35million of pounds sterling.
“This is something the club need to tackle, but they know my opinion,” Arteta said.
“I’m really happy with him as you can see. The way he plays, how committed he is to whatever we’re trying to do, the level of his performance every three or four days, he’s been really consistent.
Meanwhile, William Saliba is hoping to finally get some consistent playing time in the Emirates with the Gunners facing a crowded matchlist with four games in just eight days.
Signing for the summer, Gabriel has played in all but one of the club’s Premier League and Europa League games so far, while Rob Holding and David Luiz are sidelined with injuries.