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Arsenal 'set to complete Sokratis Papastathopoulos deal'

Arsenal 'set to complete Sokratis deal'
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Arsenal are reportedly on the verge of making Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos their first signing of the post-Arsene Wenger era.

Arsenal are reportedly on the verge of completing a £17.5m deal to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.

The Gunners were understood to have made contact with the Greek defender's representatives earlier this week, and talks have progressed over a deal which would keep him at the club until the end of the 2019-20 season.

German outlet Bild claims that Arsenal are now close to finalising the two-year contract, with Sokratis set to become the club's first signing of the post-Arsene Wenger era.

The 29-year-old is well known by Arsenal's head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, who helped to take him to Dortmund from Werder Bremen in 2013.

The Gunners are thought to have made a new defender one of their main transfer priorities this summer, having conceded 51 Premier League goals this season - their highest tally in the league since 1983-84.

Sokratis made 30 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund this season.


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Jan Vertonghen grapples with Sokratis Papastathopoulos during the Champions League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund on September 13, 2017
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