Dinos Mavropanos future sealed at Stuttgart plan to bid for Arsenal loanee
Dinos Mavropanos future away from Arsenal all but sealed
Arsenal is set to lose young loanee center-back Dinos Mavropanos next summer in the wake of current club VfB Stuttgart making clear their intentions to bring the Greek international to the Mercedes-Benz Arena in a full deal, regardless of their Bundesliga fortunes this season.
As confirmed by BILD, club Sporting Director Sven Mislintat is intent on triggering his option to make the loan of Mavropanos a permanent one, which would set the club back a very modest £3million.
Interest from Stuttgart hardly comes as a surprise after his spell last term, but with Arsenal bringing in both Ben White & Takehiro Tomiyasu this summer while still retaining William Saliba on their books, there is clearly no pathway for Mavropanos at the club moving forward.
Mavropanos shot his way up the first-team set up under boss Pellegrino Matarazzo last season, with the American manager viewing the former PAS Giannina defender as an integral piece to his back-three system that saw Die Schwaben finish 9th last season in a very credible return to the top flight of German football.
Gunners get it wrong again with Mavropanos loan deal
Mavropanos has enjoyed multiple successful seasons away from Arsenal after first joining the club back in January 2018 at the behest of, you guessed it, Sven Mislintat.
But despite the promise he showed at Arsenal in the handful of appearances he would receive, Mavropanos earned a loan move to former giants 1.FC Nürnberg where he shone in the 2.Bundesliga across 12-appearances. His success in Bavaria drew the attention of Mislintat, who had become the director of football at Stuttgart after his position at Arsenal became untenable, and he secured his services last season in a loan deal that saw the Arsenal youngster rise through the first-team set up amidst regular praise from both Matarazzo and Mislintat.
Sven Mislintat on Dinos Mavropanos’ first Bundesliga goal for Stuttgart against Freiburg:
“That was a goal a la Lucio. Simply sensational, sheer will.” pic.twitter.com/gxZDOUp8Lj
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) September 6, 2021
There is no criticism for Mavropanos not building a career in north London, especially with the Greek center-back starting 2021-22 where he left off last season. But should Arsenal only end up receiving a total of £5million between fees and associated add-ons, it could easily be viewed as another missed opportunity for the club to extract maximum financial gains when they sell assets on to other clubs; a historic trend that has left many in the fanbase frustrated in recent years.
After making 34-appearances in one-and-a-half seasons on loan before 2021-22 while, with most of those coming at a club in Stuttgart that finished in the top half of the Bundesliga table, surely Arsenal have missed another opportunity to maximize selling a young asset irrespective of the Covid-19 market. Though you cannot control the club that is interested in your player, or their financial situation, striking a better balance for a club that intends to operate closer to a sustainable model is imperative.