“He will replace Per” – Arsenal close to completing £17million move for first summer signing

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According to reports emanating from Germany, North London giant Arsenal are on the verge of making Dortmund star Sokratis their first signing this summer in a £17m transfer deal.

German publication Bild, as cited by Metro, is claiming that Arsenal are on the brink of sealing a deal to sign the 29-year-old, despite the Gunners not having yet named their new manager.

The same report states that Sven Mislintat, Gunners’s Director of recruitment, has made recruiting defensive reinforcements his top priority this summer window as Arsenal look to put together a team capable of winning the League next term.

The article suggests that the Greece international is poised to pen a two-year deal with the London outfit as they start their summer signing drive.

The Gunners are still in search for a new head coach after Arsene Wenger stood down as manager.

Former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is thought to be leading the race to take over at the Emirates Stadium, but there is still no official announcement from the club.

The Gunners ended up in the sixth position in the English Premier League log this campaign as they had to settle for Europa League football rather than the UEFA Champions League once again.

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