Newcastle enter race for highly rated Gunners’ defender but Arsenal will have to settle for stipends in big money deal

Premier League side Newcastle United have joined the race to sign Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos who is currently on loan at German Bundesliga side, VFB Stuggart.

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The Greek defender has so far impressed during his loan spell at Stuggart and this is in fact his second season at the German side as the club opted to continue his loan spell in the summer and the loan deal includes an obligation to make permanent.

Mavropanos is highly rated in Germany and Borrusia Dortmund and West Ham are said to have registered an interest in the defender with Sport Witness reporting that Newcastle have joined the race for the 24-year old who is valued at €30 million by Stuggart.

Newcastle are looking to strengthen their defence with Eddie Howe said to be planning an overhaul on his backline this January as the Tyneside club hope to avoid relegation.

Stuggart are set to activate the buying clause in Mavropanos’ loan deal with a fee of €3 million already agreed with Arsenal. Meaning, the Bundesliga side are in for some profit worth about €27 million for the Arsenal defender.

Mavropanos might now get a chance to shine in the premier league with Newcastle looking the most feasible destination for the defender.