Sokratis Papastathopoulos has rejected advances from Manchester United and has instead chosen to join Arsenal this summer.
The 29-year-old is expected to sign a three-year deal at Arsenal in the next few days, with a fee of £17million having been agreed between the two clubs.
Sokratis has become one of Unai Emery’s main targets in this transfer window, with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat having worked with the centre-half during their time together at Borussia Dortmund.
However, the player’s father has revealed that Arsenal were not his only Premier League suitors.
“There was interest from United but he had to wait until July for them,” said his father, Charalambos.
“United have a very good relationship with Dortmund, the teams were talking more closely.
“He chose to go to Arsenal instead.
“He is happy. He is in England at the moment and everything will go well.”
The capture of Sokratis could kick-off a busy few days for Arsenal, with talks for Marouane Fellaini set to start this week and the club also linked with two more names in the European papers.
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