Arsenal confirm £16m deal to sign Sokratis in a bid to strengthen defence

Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.

The Gunners will pay an initial £16m for the Greek international, who would become Unai Emery’s second summer signing after landing Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus.

The 29-year-old only had a year remaining on his deal with the German club, with Sven Mislintat scouring the Bundesliga for top talent.

The Telegraph claim that Sokratis will pen a three-year deal at the Emirates.

Arsenal’s next priority will be to lock down Aaron Ramsey on a new deal as he approaches the final year of his current contract, with the Welsh star likely to be able to command £200,000 per week.


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