Arsenal are preparing a move for a top Greek defender this summer, while three Premier League clubs are chasing a Celta Vigo winger, according to Friday’s papers.
ARSENAL READY TO GO GREEK TO BOLSTER DEFENCE
Arsene Wenger will reportedly turn to Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos to bolster Arsenal’s defence this summer.
The Borussia Dortmund star has been a long-term target for the Gunners chief and is also said to be interesting Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus.
However, Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Arsenal are very much the favourites to land the 29-year-old.
Wenger is looking to strengthen at the back this summer, with Per Mertesacker retiring at the end of the season, while both Rob Holding and Calum Chambers have failed to do enough to convince the Gunners chief that they are long-term solutions at centre-back.
Papastathopoulos has previously been with AC Milan and Werder Bremen and is vastly experienced at international level, winning 89 caps for his country.
The stalwart would no doubt strengthen an Arsenal defence that has conceded 41 Premier League goals this season, with only Leicester conceding more of the teams in the top eight of the table.
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