Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos could spend a second season on loan with Stuttgart after the Gunners opened the door to the possibility.

That’s according to Kicker, who report that the situation has turned in the German side’s favour ahead of the summer.

Mavropanos has been on loan with Stuttgart since last summer and, after a rocky start plagued by injuries, has established himself as a key player in the second half of the campaign.

They are keen to keep him, but it has been made clear that the decision will very much rest in Arsenal’s hands.

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Indeed, it has been felt for some time that a deal may not be possible, with the finances and everything else in between playing against Stuttgart.

That has now changed, though, according to Kicker, who say the possibility of Mavropanos returning for a second loan ‘seems to be opening’.

They explain that Stuttgart chief Sven Mislintat has been ‘long busy’ trying to make a new deal for the centre back happen, and an opportunity is now opening up for that to happen.

It’s claimed that it is ‘becoming increasingly clear’ from England that Arsenal are open to a second loan deal and ‘could even include an option to buy’ as part of it.

That’s because Mavropanos has made it known he would like to stay, so those in charge at the Emirates are now ‘quite prepared’ to agree to a transfer and grant him his wish.