Two of Germany's main sporting publications published new details of the negotiations between German Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart and EPL side Arsenal FC concerning the future of defender Konstantinos Mavropanos.
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While it has long been clear that both club and player wish to extend the stay of Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos in Swabia, exact parameters of how a deal may get done have remained nebulous until now.
On Wednesday, Germany's "Bild Zeitung" reported that the 23-year-old's current loan arrangement, scheduled to lapse at the end of the season, does not include a purchase clause.
The country's primary sporting tabloid cast the current state of discussions between Stuttgart and the parent club as one in which both sides prefer different options. The VfB wishes to secure another loan deal. Arsenal pushes for an outright purchase.
German footballing magazine Kicker also confirms these details and notes that the Swabians have set a hard deadline of May 22nd, the final matchday of the season, to decide on a direction.
Despite some struggles with injury this season, Mavropanos has made 20 competitive appearances for the southwest German side. As much as both player and club are amenable to an extension, the fact that Arsenal may demand upwards of €6-8 million for a direct transfer could still sink the deal.