Arsenal have finally reached an agreement to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund this summer. The Gunners have settled a £16m sum with their German counterparts and The Telegraph reports that the 29-year-old will pen a three-year deal upon his arrival.
Sokratis’ switch to the Emirates Stadium has been regularly talked about over the past weeks and the Capital outfit have now finalised an agreement for the Greek’s transfer, which is expected to be formerly announced next month.
The central defender may not be the star signing the supporters will have craved for but the Greek will nonetheless offer added experience at the heart of the defence where the Gunners are likely to miss the services of Laurent Koscielny next term.
Koscielny has been sidelined for the remainder of the year after a surgery on a serious Achilles injury and his participation during the second half of the 2018/19 season may be dependent on the swiftness with which he makes his recovery.
Sokratis is expected to become the Gunners’ second signing of the summer transfer window and this could soon be followed by the recruitment of Yacine Adli from Paris Saint-Germain. The 17-year-old has already declined a professional contract with Paris Saint-Germain and he is now being tipped to sign the same with Arsenal next month.