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Arsenal seek to replace defender with highly-rated international

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Arsenal are set for major changes this summer and it seems the Gunners have decided to twist rather than stick on one of their defensive options.

Germany international Shkodran Mustafi has struggled for form and consistency since moving to Arsenal for a fee in the region of £35m two years ago and the Gunners are ready to offload him this summer, according to TransferMarketWeb.

Italian giants Inter Milan and Mustafi’s former club Valencia are said to be keen on the ex-Everton man, whilst Arsenal are looking to raid a Champions League quarter-finalist in the chase for their ideal replacement.

The reports state that the Gunners are seeking the services of Juventus’ 23-year-old defender Daniele Rugani this summer, as the Italy international eyes an exit following a lack of minutes this season.

Leonardo Bonucci’s departure to AC Milan last year seemed to have opened the door for Rugani to become a first-team regular in Turin but the excellent form of Mehdi Benatia has restricted his opportunities, making just a single start in Juventus’ Champions League campaign.

Arsenal are ready to offer an escape route and could fund the move with the sale of Mustafi, in what would be a major shake-up of their defensive line.

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