Edu’s major transfer mistake that could be set to cost Arsenal millions in January



Despite the January transfer window being just around the corner, Arsenal could soon be set to look slightly silly for a decision they made almost two years ago.

After dropping down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium with the arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes, Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos was allowed to leave the club.

Aged just 24, the young centre-back was allowed to join Bundesliga outfit VfB Stuttgart on a two-year loan and with his options looking limited under Mikel Arteta, the decision to let him leave looked to be the correct one for his career.

Since moving to Germany, he has greatly impressed by making 38 appearances for Stuttgart and has scored five goals.

His eye-catching displays have seen him earn a number of suitors, too. According to Bild, the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle United and West Ham United are eyeing a potential swoop for him.

Whilst that might have presented the Gunners with some much-needed funds ahead of the January transfer window, it seems that Arsenal will only be set to receive just a small amount.

football.london understands that Stuttgart are obligated to buy the Greek for a fee of £2.5million should they manage to retain their position in the Bundesliga for next season.

However, should they drop into the second tier – a distinct possibility at this stage considering they sit 15th in the current standings – then they will only have an option to make his move a permanent one.

Considering the interest in his signature, it seems a certainty that Stuttgart would choose to sign Mavropanos permanently – if only just in an effort to then make a considerable profit on his signature if Dortmund, West Ham or Newcastle do indeed make a play for his signature sooner rather than later.

It all means that the Gunners will see a nominal amount from any considerable transfer fee – a big blow considering what they could have potentially received.

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