Arsenal close in on signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, says Dortmund sporting director


The Gunners appear to be on the verge of securing the Greek defender’s signature

Arsenal are close to a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to their sporting director Michael Zorc.

It has been widely reported that the Gunners have been tracking BVB’s £16m Greek defender this summer, and it appears the transfer is now verging on completion.

It has been claimed that Sokratis ‘snubbed’ Manchester United

It has been claimed that Sokratis ‘snubbed’ Manchester United

When asked by Revier Sport if Sokratis is close to an Arsenal switch, Zorc revealed: “It tends to go there [the deal] that’s right, but things are not completely finalised yet.

“And I will not work with you now and talk about the rumour mill, which includes 27 new BVB players since the end of May!”

The 29-year-old did not enjoy a great 2017/18 season with BVB, but his reputation in the game meant Arsenal did not have a free run at Sokratis, and the player’s father, Charalambos, previously revealed Man United were talking with Dortmund over a deal for the centre-back.

“There was interest from United but he had to wait until July for them,” Charalambos told a Greek radio show.

“United have a very good relationship with Dortmund, the teams were talking more closely.

“He chose to go to Arsenal instead.”

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