Arsenal could be struck with a worrying sense of deja vu as another one of their youngsters lights up the Bundesliga.
The Gunners were made left to rue Arsene Wenger’s decision to sell Serge Gnabry for just £4.5m back in August 2016 – but he has since become one of the most exciting wide talents in Germany and perhaps even European football too.
His value now sits at a whopping €70m (£60m), as per CIES Football Observatory.
A major increase on the minimal fee they sold him for all those years ago. And now, they are at risk of repeating such a catastrophic mistake.
23-year-old centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos is currently in his second season on loan to VfB Stuttgart, only this time, the Bundesliga outfit have secured an option-to-buy, meaning he very much isn’t part of Mikel Arteta’s future plans.
The Greek colossus could be signed and the Gunners are now powerless to stop it, a troubling thought given his form over at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Mavropanos has emerged as an exciting goalscoring defender in one of Europe’s biggest divisions – he fired home from 35 yards out against Borussia Monchengladbach to take his tally to four from just nine appearances this campaign.
“He always shows in training that he can produce magic,” Die Roten head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo said of the Arsenal loan sensation earlier this year. “He’s got heart, energy and determination. We need guys like him.”
He added: “He’s our gladiator – a monster in terms of physique,” said Matarazzo. And the centre-back puts it to good use.”
He has also averaged an impressive 1.9 tackles, 1.9 interceptions and 5.1 clearances each outing, as well as an 80.9% passing accuracy, proving to be an all-round beast at the back.
Bundesliga.com claim he is amongst the division’s 12 fastest players, having clocked a top speed of 21.79 mph as of matchday eight.
If he continues this impressive form into 2022, not only will Stuttgart be keen to trigger their clause but surely other teams across the continent will keeping an eye on his progress.
Gnabry didn’t last long at Werder Bremen as Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich soon swooped him up, yet he was never good enough for the north Londoners.
The very same scenario could repeat itself with Mavropanos. That would be a big tragedy.