Arsenal on the verge of sealing €20m deal for Bundesliga defender

Date published: Monday 28th May 2018 7:15 - Oli Fisher

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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