Arsenal are set to complete the £16 million signing of Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos this week. According to Standard Sports, the gunners have been negotiating on a deal for the 29-year-old with the deal set to be completed in the coming days.
Papastathopoulos will likely be the first signing of the post-Arsene Wenger era under new manager Unai Emery. Meanwhile, it is believed that Arsenal’s move for Sokratis pre-dates Unai Emery’s arrival to the Emirates.
It can be recalled that the Gunners’ head of recruitment Sven Mislintat joined in December from Dortmund, and he has already ensured the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as well as Henrikh Mkhitaryan who played for Dortmund before his move to Manchester.
Arsenal are also in the market for another central defender and central midfielder, as negotiations are currently ongoing for the acquisition of Switzerland right-back Stephan Lichsteiner. He will be a free agent next month on the expiration of his contract with Juventus and is believed to have been offered a two-year deal to move to Arsenal.