Arsenal closing in on securing signing of Greek defender

Oli Fisher

Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina, a report claims.

According to the London Evening Standard, the deal is not yet completed, however the two clubs are closing in on agreeing a £2.2million fee for the 20-year-old centre-back.

Mavropanos, who has featured for Greece at U21 level, is due in London “imminently” to discuss personal terms and undergo his medical at the club.

London Evening Standard claims that the signing is viewed as one for the fturure, as Mavropanos would be immediately loaned to Werder Bremen and would not join Arsenal’s first-team squad for the second half of the campaign.

Arsene Wenger did admit he is looking to strengthen the Gunners’ squad during a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s London derby with Chelsea.

“We are out there and look of course to do some things,” he said.

“We will do but when is very difficult to say because that does not depend only on us. We are open to any position for the exceptional player that can give us a plus. It depends a little bit on the injuries as well.

“On the other hand it depends if we manage to extend the contracts of the players who are at the end of their contracts in June.”


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