BARCELONA have emerged as shock contenders to sign Arsenal outcast Shkodran Mustafi.
The centre-back has managed just 43 minutes of Premier League action under Mikel Arteta this season and has been tipped to leave.
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Bookmakers Betfair have responded by creating a 'next club' market with Ronald Koeman's Barcelona the 6/4 favourites to complete a January transfer.
Their Spanish rivals Valencia follow at 5/1 with Everton the outsiders of the trio at 8/1.
The Catalan giants have endured a difficult start to the campaign having won just four of their opening nine La Liga fixtures.
And things took another downward turn when Gerard Pique sustained a grade three sprain in the internal lateral ligament of his knee.
He's expected to be out for four months and attentions have now turned to his replacement.
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Shkodran Mustafi next club odds – Betfair
- Barcelona – 6/4
- Valencia – 5/1
- Everton – 8/1
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Manchester City's Eric Garcia is considered to be the top priority.
But Barcelona also have Mustafi and Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger in their sights should Pep Guardiola's side continue to play hard ball.
Mustafi looks the more likely option having made five appearances all season.
His contract is set to expire in June 2021 and the player is reported to have flat-out rejected an extension back in October.
Betfair Spokesperson, Sam Rosbottom said: "With defenders at a premium at the moment, there have been a number of reports linking Shkodran Mustafi away from Arsenal, where he is yet to sign a new deal.
"Barcelona are the favourites in the betting at 6/4 to sign the German in January, while Valencia are 5/1 and Everton 8/1."
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