Insider claims Arsenal are ‘very close’ to making 29-year-old first summer signing

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol believes Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos

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Arsenal are edging closer to a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol.

The Gunners are looking to revamp their squad following a disappointing 2017-18 season that culminated in a sixth-placed finish under Arsene Wenger.

The French coach stood down at the end of the campaign to leave the Gunners on the hunt for a new manager ahead of the new season.

While Arsenal still haven’t made an appointment following Wenger’s exit, the club’s director of recruitment Sven Mislintat is working on potential summer signings.

The Gunners conceded 51 goals in 38 games in the Premier League in the current campaign, while the Gunners lost 11 times and drew four games in 19 away fixtures.

Sokratis would be a good addition to the Arsenal defence given the inconsistent form of Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers in the Gunners back four.

Sky Sports News reporter Solhekol claimed that Arsenal are edging closer to a deal for the Greece international in the summer transfer window.

“The head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is very powerful even in the last window,” Solhekol told the Transfer Talk podcast.

“He was the driving force behind the players they were signing.

“Arsenal are looking for a centre-half. They have been looking at the German market. Talks with Sokratis Papastathopoulos at Borussia Dortmund are very close… Centre-half is a priority.”

The Gunners lost 3-0 to Premier League champions Manchester City in the League Cup back in February.

Arsenal lost 2-1 to La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in the Europa League last four.

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