The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports that VfB Stuttgart paid an initial loan fee of £500,000 for Konstantinos Mavropanos, and they’ll now pay £3m upfront plus £1.5m in bonuses to make his deal permanent.
In total, that will bring the deal to £5m, and Arsenal will also have a sell-on clause in Mavropanos’ contract, believed to be around 10%.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Mavropanos is set to discuss his future with Stuttgart soon, and reports suggest he could be in line for another transfer – with interest from West Ham United.
That 10% sell-on clause could therefore come into effect sooner than expected.
Ornstein repeats a claim from Football.London earlier this year that Stuttgart were planning to sign Mavropanos this summer whether they got relegated or not.
But after they avoided relegation with pretty much the last kick of the season at the weekend, the decision was taken out of their hands. They had an obligation to complete the transfer as long as they stayed up.
Mavropanos made 32 appearances for Stuttgart this season, scoring five goals – a career-best.
The defender was often praised for his individual performances at centre-back, though he did give away four penalties as part of one of the five worst defences in the league.
After four-and-a-half years as an Arsenal player, it looks like the Greek international is set to make the next step in his career now.