Trio Expected At London Colony For Medicals As Arsenal Splash $101.11m

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Arsenal are ready to conclude their summer transfer business with a £75million {$101.11m } spree… even before their new manager has been confirmed.

The Gunners are closing in on central defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Caglar Soyuncu as well as keeper Bernd Leno.

Head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is driving all the deals without needing the approval of Arsene Wenger’s replacement.

Mislintat’s prominent role in the squad rebuilding confirms that the new manager’s role will be confined to coaching the squad and picking the team.

And that makes it even more likely that the new man will be Mikel Arteta rather than a more established boss such as Max Allegri or Luis Enrique.

Mislintat knows all three transfer targets from his time in Germany as Borussia Dortmund’s chief scout.

He actually signed Greek international Papastathopoulos for Dortmund from Werder Bremen in 2013 and believes the powerful centre-half is perfectly suited to the physical demands of the Premier League.

Papastathopolous, 29, is expected to cost around £15m as he only has 12 months to run on his Dortmund contract and has told the club he will not be signing a new deal.

Freiburg centre-half Soyuncu, 21, has also attracted the interest of Manchester Cityand Roma but it is understood both have been left trailing by Arsenal’s speed off the mark.

The young Turkish international cost his Bundesliga club just £2m when he joined two years but his value has rocketed to around £35m.

Bayer Leverkusen No 1 Leno has been on Arsenal’s radar for months and is keen to complete a £25m move to the Emirates as the club’s long-term replacement for the ageing Petr Cech.

Arsenal are looking to get all three deals wrapped up for the first day of the transfer window on June 1, although any official announcements could be delayed until the new manager has been confirmed.

 

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