Arsenal targeted centre-back Benedict Howedes to replace Shkodran Mustafi at the club but the Schalke man instead elected to join Juventus (via The Metro).
It was a surprising story when it emerged that Arsenal were looking to sell Shkodran Mustafi just twelve months after signing him.
Mustafi was one of the most expensive defenders of all time when he made the move to the Emirates last season but was seemingly close to an exit just twelve months later.
Inter Milan were the club most interested in the German World Cup winner but no deal could be reached. Now, we may well have found out why.
It seems that Arsenal targeted Benedict Howedes to replace his German counterpart in North-London but the Schalke man instead elected to join Juventus.
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“There were talks with Roma, Leicester City and Arsenal in London because we heard here that Mustafi was courted by Inter Milan,” said Howedes’ agent Volker Struth before claiming that Juventus was his client’s first choice.
“Even if Schalke would have done a great job, you want to go to a club like Juve if the chance is there. Juventus is the jackpot.”
It would have been a shame to lose Shkodran Mustafi but Benedict Howedes is a very good player. The Schalke man would have been a good addition to the squad had Mustafi decided to leave the Emirates.