Date:13th May 2022 at 6:00am
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According to German reports, West Ham United have registered interest in Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos, who is currently impressing on loan to Stuttgart…

THE LOWDOWN: STUTTGART LOAN

The Greece international failed to break into the Arsenal setup upon arriving from PAS Giannina in the 2018 January transfer window.

He was sent on a six-month loan to FC Nuremberg in January 2020 before joining Stuttgart on a year-long loan the following summer.

Mavropanos is a regular fixture in the Bundesliga’s side defence, who extended his loan stay by another season.

The German outfit reportedly have the option of making the move permanent this summer by paying just €3.5m (£2.9m) to secure his signature.

However, West Ham United have now entered the frame to acquire his talented services.

THE LATEST: REGISTERED INTEREST

According to German publication Bild, the Hammers have registered interest in the Arsenal defender, and are prepared to pay €20m (£17m) for him this summer.

The 24-year-old seems receptive to the idea of staying put in Stuttgart past this season. But as per the Bild report, he will give leaving the club a thought if a ‘top club’ comes calling.

However, the German side are currently 16th in the Bundesliga table and set to enter the relegation play-offs if results don’t go their way.

In case they do suffer relegation, the east London outfit will be in a great position to sign Mavropanos.

THE VERDICT: SILLY TO SELL TO RIVAL

The £15.3m-rated colossal defender has been in solid form for the Bundesliga club this season.

According to SofaScore, he is their third-highest rated player so far this campaign with an impressive score rating of 7.11.

Alternatively, WhoScored, have rated him their best player – as well as performing the most interceptions (2.2) and third-most tackles (1.9) per game throughout the whole squad.

Also, as well as excelling tremendously in his defensive contributions, the player previously dubbed “brilliant” by former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell and “outstanding” by his international manager, has also managed to register four goals and an assist from 30 appearances. He’s played the second-most games of any Stuttgart player becoming a regular fixture and is more significantly their joint-second top scorer in the league.

Considering his remarkable potential and current ability at a young age of 24, Arsenal would be silly to sell him to a top-six rival in West Ham.

So if the club are looking to sell him, they must offer his services elsewhere.

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