Shkodran Mustafi to Join Torino

Shkodran Mustafi

Former Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is reportedly closing in on a transfer to Serie A club Torino. According to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, the centre-back has agreed to join Torino as a free agent, with the deal to be announced after the player completes a medical.

Shkodran Mustafi to Join Torino on a Free Transfer

Mustafi Left Schalke This Summer

Having made 151 appearances for Arsenal, Mustafi joined Schalke in February this year on a six-month deal to replace Ozan Kabak, who had joined Liverpool on loan.

However, the 29-year-old was unable to prevent Schalke’s relegation from the Bundesliga, and is now set to join Torino following the expiry of his short-term deal with the German club.

Mustafi, a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014, is set to undergo his Torino medical in the coming hours, after which the transfer will become official. The central defender is no stranger to Italian football, having played for Serie A side Sampdoria from 2012 to 2014. Torino will be Mustafi’s fifth club since leaving Everton for Sampdoria in January 2012.

Serie A Shaping up With Considerable Interest

As Europe’s major leagues head into a pause for the upcoming international break, Italy’s Serie A has started in interesting fashion.

The last of Europe’s top-five leagues to kick off for the 2021/22 season, the opening rounds of fixtures in the Italian top-flight have produced some interesting results.

Defending champions Inter Milan are seemingly in disarray following the departures of high-profile names, ranging from manager Antonio Conte to key players Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi. Despite this, however, Simone Inzaghi’s men won each of their matches before the break.

Meanwhile, Juventus, who had won nine consecutive titles until they were dethroned last season, have failed to pick up a win in either of their two opening games. The slow start to the season made by Max Allegri’s side has been overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit for Manchester United.

This leaves the likes of AC Milan and José Mourinho’s Roma among the sides boasting six points from a possible six. The latter have been helped on their way by former Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, who was on the scoresheet for his new side against Salernitana last time out.

Mustafi is set to link up with his Torino teammates after the international break, with the team having been beaten in both of their opening matches.

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