Unai Emery is set to acquire one of the first piece of Arsenal’s necessary defensive revolution.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos is the piece, a mainstay of Borussia Dortmund’s back line who will cost the Gunners around $21 million according to the Independent’s Jack Pitt-Brooke.
The 79-times capped Greek center back turns 30 in June, having authored 198 appearances since arriving from Genoa.
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Only BVB goalkeeper Roman Burki played more Bundesliga minutes for the club this season.
Mislintat knows 29-year-old Sokratis well from his own time at Dortmund and now Arsenal are in advanced negotiations to bring him to the Emirates. Arsenal initially offered roughly £13m but they are expected to meet Dortmund’s asking price of £16m to complete the deal this week. Sokratis has one year left on his Dortmund contract and is eager to join Arsenal.
Emery went with a four-man back line for much of his time at Paris Saint-Germain, and has to decide whether Laurent Koscielny can bounce back from a rough campaign.