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Borussia Dortmund defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Arsenal is on the verge of making first signing after Wenger’s exit as Arteta prepares to take over…






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Arsenal are in talks to make
Borussia Dortmund defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos their first signing of
the post-Arsene Wenger era.
The 29-year-old is thought to
be available for a fee in the region of £15million after failing to agree terms
over a new contract at the Bundesliga club.
The Gunners are in the market
for at least one centre-back this summer as their head of recruitment Sven
Mislintat and head of football relations Raul Sanllehi lead an overhaul of the
squad.
Mislintat has already proved an
influential figure in signing Konstantinos Mavropanos and, having previously
worked at Dortmund, he was central to Arsenal’s £56m capture of Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang.
He looks set to raid his former
club again with negotiations ongoing over Papastathopoulos, who is thought to
have attracted interest from other clubs in Italy and England.
Reports in Germany suggest a
deal is imminent but it is understood nothing is finalised at this stage,
however, and Arsenal’s incoming manager is likely to be consulted before any
agreement is reached.
Former Arsenal captain, Mikel
Arteta, is expected to be named Wenger’s successor in the coming days.
Arteta, who is currently an
assistant coach at Manchester City, is believed to be in advanced negotiations
with the North London side.
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