£16m defender set to become Unai Emery’s first Arsenal signing

Date published: Monday 4th June 2018 2:51

Arsenal could make Sokratis Papastathopoulos the first signing of Unai Emery’s reign, as the new manager looks to improve his defence.

The Borussia Dortmund defender is set to sign for the Gunners, after Kicker claimed a £16m fee had been agreed between the two clubs.

The German source claims that Papastathopoulos will undergo a medical at Arsenal this week, after personal terms were agreed.

Sokratis, 29, would be a replacement for the retiring Per Mertesacker.

The Greek centre-back joined Dortmund in 2013 from Werder Bremen. Prior to that, he was part of AC Milan’s 2010-11 Serie A winning squad, although he played a limited role.

He is entering the final year of his contract at Dortmund.

Arsenal had the worst defensive record of last season’s top seven in the Premier League, so experienced defender Sokratis will be a welcome addition at the Emirates Stadium.

Coincidentally, Arsenal’s new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, was Dortmund’s chief scout when the Bundesliga club signed Papastathopoulos five seasons ago.

 

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