VfB Stuttgart have re-signed Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos on loan, with the German club required to make the move permanent if they avoid relegation in the following season. The youngster made a loan move to Nurnberg for the 2019/20 season before joining Stuttgart for the 2020/21 season. After missing the first few months of his loan term with Stuttgart due to injury, the 23-year-old became an essential component of Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side.
The Arsenal defender has agreed to a one-year loan deal with the option of extending it for another three years if his transfer is made permanent at the end of the season.
Mavropanos will return to the German club on loan for £500,000, with the German club obligated to sign him for £3 million if they remain in the Bundesliga. If they are demoted, they will have the choice of making his transfer permanent. The contract includes incentives of up to £1.5 million, bringing the total value of the permanent move to up to £5 million, including a sell-on clause.
The 23-year-old joined Arsenal for £1.8 million from his native Greece three years ago, but he was unable to get into the first-team and has only made eight appearances for Arsenal in all competitions. In 2019-20, he was loaned to Nurnberg before joining the German club on loan the following season.
Mavropanos’ wish has been granted
Mavropanos was excited after rejoining the German club for the following season and thanked all the manager and captain for showing trust in him and supporting him. He claims to deliver his best for the team and help them attain success.
“My wish has been granted. I thank the full VfB family for the trust invested in me. I also want to thank Sven Mislintat and Pellegrino Matarazzo; both are fantastic people who have supported my path with the highest amount of professionalism. I want to reach my full potential, to help my team reach its goals,” said the Greek footballer.