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Report from the BBC claims Arsenal are closing in on a deal for their first summer signing and they have identified Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos amid concerns over their pursuit of Freiburg’s Caglar Soyuncu.
Mikel Arteta is likely to have a limited budget to work with if, as expected, he is appointed manager following Arsenal’s expenditure in January and Freiburg’s £35million asking price for Soyuncu is a concern.
Sokratis is well known to Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s head of recruitment, from their days together at Dortmund and would cost considerably less at around £17.5m.
Arsenal need a centre back with Laurent Koscielny out for six months and Per Mertesacker taking up a coaching role.
Arsene Wenger blooded January signing Konstantinos Mavropanos, a Greece Under-21 international, last season and he could benefit from the experience of his compatriot.