Lothar Matthaus backs Bayern Munich to target Arsenal centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos

Konstantinos Mavropanos is spending his second season at Stuttgart on loan from Arsenal (DeFodi Images via Getty)

Lothar Matthaus believes Bayern Munich should target Arsenal centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos.

The Bundesliga champions are expected to be in the market for a new central defender at the end of the season as Niklas Sule is set to leave on a free transfer.

Sule has reportedly turned down Bayern’s offer of a new contract and the club are now lining up replacements for the Germany international.

Mavropanos, meanwhile, was signed by Arsenal in a £1.8 million deal in 2018 but has made only eight first-team appearances for the Gunners.

The 24-year-old is currently spending his second season on loan with Stuttgart and Matthaus feels the Greek defender has shown enough to make the step up to Bayern’s level.

‘I’m assuming that Bayern won’t make any big improvements,’ Matthaus wrote in his column for Sky Germany.

‘If Sule were to leave, a trained defender might be more important than a central midfielder.

Konstantinos Mavropanos has made just eight senior appearances for Arsenal (Getty)

‘There are some very interesting players in the Bundesliga. I’m thinking of Stuttgart’s Mavropanos, Leipzig’s Gvardiol or Bochum’s Bella Kotchap.

‘Everyone plays a really good role in the Bundesliga, would certainly be financially feasible for Bayern and could develop further under Nagelsmann.

‘But I see it like [Hasan] Salihamidzic [Bayern’s sporting director]. As of now, transfers are not necessary. With Tolisso and Roca you also have to say that what you had hoped for from Nagelsmann, among other things, has happened.

‘Namely that he really improved these players who were hardly used in the past or didn’t convince. Both played really well and convinced in their last appearances.’

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