Arsenal on verge of completing £17m deal for first signing – report

Arsenal are close to signing Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis, according to reports

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Arsenal are on the brink of making Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis their first summer signing in a £17m deal, according to reports in Germany.

German outlet Bild, as quoted by Metro, is reporting that the Gunners are close to completing a deal to land the 29-year-old Greece international, despite Arsenal not having yet appointed their new manager.

The same story says that Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s head of recruitment, has made signing defensive reinforcements his priority this summer as the Gunners look to assemble a squad capable of winning the Premier League next season.

The article claims that the defender is poised to sign a two-year contract with the north London club as they begin their summer recruitment drive.

Arsenal are still on the lookout for a new manager after Arsene Wenger stood down at the end of the season.

Former Gunners captain Mikel Arteta is believed to be the front-runner to take over at The Emirates, but there is yet to be any official announcement from the north London club.

Arsenal ended up in sixth place in the Premier League table this season as they had to settle for a place in the Europa League rather than the Champions League once again.

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