Report emanating from Germany is claiming Arsenal are “very close” to completing move for Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos whilst also claiming the player will also undergo a medical “in the coming week” as the necessary approaches have been made.
The German outlet writes that Papastathopoulos’ is close to completion and the Greek international will sign a deal to keep him at Arsenal until 2021.
His exit from Dortmund will represent the third player that will leave the club with a strong Borussia Dortmund connection to be signed by the club following the arrival of Sven Mislintat.
The 29-year-old who turns 30 in June, plays for Greece and the BvB as a centre-back and join the Bundesliga giants in 2013. Standing at 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) according Wikipedia, Papastathopoulos has one-year left on his current contract with the North London club.
Last season, the Greek defender registered 43 appearances across all competition with three goals. He’s current valued at €22m which implies a good deal for the Gunners if reports however, are anything to go by.
According to those who watch him, Sokratis should have no trouble fitting into the intense, attacking football philosophy that Arsenal play, as that’s what he’s already used to at Dortmund.
Facts from his stats watchers reveals the player should have no trouble walking into Arsenal’s team, and attacking style of play, as that’s what he’s already used to at Dortmund. This season, Dortmund have had a much torrid season, which has seen the player drop in form as well. Only Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig conceded more goals from the top eight teams.