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Arsenal have beaten Manchester United to the signature of Greek and Borrussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and now his father have revealed the centre-back snubbed Man United to join the Gunners, according to reports.
Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has been the one negotiating the deal with Borrussia Dortmund and Papastathopoulos will be his first deal for the summer. It is widely reported that Mislintat, who was the former sporting director of Dortmund is taking advantage of his relationship with the side to lure some of their players to Arsenal.
Papastathopoulos was on the radar of Manchester United but his father Charalambos Papastathopoulos spoke with Greek radio station 24/7 and revealed why the player chose Arsenal over Man United.
“There was interest from United but he had to wait until July for them.
“United have a very good relationship with Dortmund, the teams talked but Sokratis chose to go to Arsenal.
“Arsenal had talked two years ago but I don’t know why he didn’t sign.
“He is going to a higher level, the world’s most competitive league and I believe he will do very well.
“Sokratis is in his last year at Dortmund. This was a major reason [for completing the move]
“He is happy, he is in England at the moment and will be doing what he has to do, the typical things, everything will go well, he is happy, he is changing.”
Arsenal new boss Unai Emery has been tasked with fortifying the defense of the Gunners and he is already looking to judiciously use his meagre transfer budget.
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