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Arsenal set to miss out on £18m windfall after transfer interest is confirmed

According to football.london, clubs in the Bundesliga and Premier League are interested in signing Dinos Mavrapanos.

The 24-year-old has made an impression on loan at Stuttgart this season, scoring five goals for the German club.

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Mavropanos is expected to depart Arsenal permanently next summer, though football.london has heard that the Gunners have a 10% sell-on clause in the agreement.

Mavropanos’ progress in Germany is being closely monitored by both Borussia Dortmund and West Ham United, with a number of European clubs interested in signing the Greek international next summer.

What are the details of the deal?

Stuttgart paid a €500,000 loan fee for Mavropanos and are required to purchase him for €3,000,000 next summer.

This option isn’t available if Stuttgart is relegated, but it is available if they don’t meet their team goals this season.

Mavropanos will almost definitely join Stuttgart on a permanent basis next summer, for a figure not much higher than Arsenal paid for him initially.

What’s been said?

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Sven Mislintat, the sports director of Stuttgart, was the driving force behind bringing Mavropanos to Arsenal three years ago.

Mislintat left Arsenal in a contentious manner, although he retains a positive working relationship with the club.

Mavropanos, he says, has all of the qualities to become one of Europe’s best center backs, and he has already drawn comparisons to former Bayern Munich defender Lucio.

“Dinos is an example of what this squad is like: they’re always working, they want to win, and they’re continuously improving,” Mislintat added.

Mavropanos’ consistency in the backline has also been commended by Stuttgart manager Pellegrino Matarazzo.

“Matarazzo claimed on German broadcaster SWR TV’s Sport im Dritten show that Dinos “always shows in training that he can do magic.”

“He had a lot of heart, a lot of energy, and a lot of determination. We need more men like him.”

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