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Arsenal are expected to be the busiest club in the summer transfer window as the incoming manager will have to rebuild a new team, by injecting new players into the current squad from the goalkeeper through the defense to the attack.
Arsenal are on the verge of signing Greek and Borrussia Dortmund central defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, this is according to report.
Since Arsene Wenger relinquished his position as the manager of Arsenal, the club have been in market for defenders. Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Freiburg’s Ça?lar Söyüncü are among those Arsenal are lurking to sign but it appears that Papastathopoulos will be the first summer signing for the side.
The Gunners have made the signing of defenders their major priority ahead of the upcoming transfer window after the immediate past season ended in disappointment resulting from their shambolic defensive displays. The Gunners conceded goals with reckless abandon and this must be fixed, if they want to compete for any silverware next term.
Laurent Koscielny, who has surpassed the twilight of his career, is heavily banjaxed with injury and is expected to be out of action for at least six months. Meanwhile, Per Mertesacker has called time on his career and has moved to the backroom of the club.
And now, reputed Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio via the Metro has claimed that discussions are at an advanced stage between Arsenal and Papastathopoulos over a potential Emirates switch for the player.
The report claims that a £17m deal is in the offing and the deal is very close, as the 29-year-old will be Arsenal’s first major signing.
The player refused to extend his contract with Dortmund and he is set to move to London, with other claims that Sven Mislintat is responsible for the move.
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