Arsenal are closing in on the signing of a Borussia Dortmund defender as Unai Emery’s first recruit, according to reports.
German outlet Bild had previously stated that the Gunners are set to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos on a two-year deal for €20m.
Now, BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein has backed up those claims, tweeting: “Arsenal close to signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Dortmund.
“Latest acquisition led by Sven Mislintat, continues drive to rebuild defence/squad with experience/leadership.
“#AFC prioritising ready players & will integrate youth (eg Mavropanos) over time.”
It is believed that the former Genoa and AC Milan centre-half will arrive for £16m and will provide cover after loss of captain Laurent Koscienly to an Achilles injury.
The Gunners are also reportedly closing in on 34-year-old Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, who would join up on a free transfer.
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