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Arsenal are favourites to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos this summer, according to reports emerging from Germany.

The Gunners will look to strengthen their squad ahead of next season and a new centre-back is likely to be a priority at the Emirates.

With Shkodran Mustafi struggling since his big-money move from Valencia in 2016, the Gunners will be without Laurent Koscielny for six months after he ruptured his Achilles tendon in the 1-0 Europa League semi-final defeat against Atletico Madrid.

Linked with a move for the Greek defender in the past, German publication Kicker claim that the Gunners are the favourites to sign the 29-year-old.

The ex-Milan defender is out of contract at the end of next season and it is believed that he doesn’t want to extend his deal with the Bundesliga club.

Papastathopoulos is believed to have a number of offers from England and Italy, although it is Arsenal who currently lead the way.

The Greek international is expected to cost in the region of €15-20million and a move would see him reunited with former Dortmund teammates Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal’s head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, knows all about the highly-rated defender from his time at the Westfalenstadion and he sees him as a key part in strengthening the Gunners’ defence.



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