Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has turned down a potential move to Genoa due to his allegiance with Sampdoria.
That’s what Calciomercato report today, stating that the German defender did not want to move to the club having previously played for their rivals.
Mustafi is widely expected to leave Arsenal this month, having barely featured for the Gunners in the first half of the season.
His contract is expiring at the end of this campaign too, meaning this window remains the last in which Arsenal can realistically get anything for him.
He’s been linked with several moves, including a surprise switch to Barcelona, but as yet has not left the Emirates.
Genoa were keen to make that happen say Calciomercato, having ‘focused their attention’ on the centre back because of his history in Serie A.
Mustafi was one of the ‘profiles probed’ by those in charge of the club, but Mustafi’s history playing for Sampdoria, whom he joined from Everton’s Under 21 side in 2012 and made 53 appearances for, led him to decline the offer.
He’s now left to look elsewhere for his next club, with him and his agents clearly working to make something happen this month as opposed to waiting until the summer.