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Napoli want to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Arsenal, regardless of the fact the two clubs are competing for fellow centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes.
Alfredo Pedulla reports that Napoli are looking to sign two central defenders this summer, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos on their shortlist. Pedulla claims there’s a ‘good chance’ Sokratis will join regardless of the Gabriel Magalhaes deal.
Arsenal and Napoli are currently both competing for the Lille centre-back. The Gunners were reportedly hoping they could convince the Serie A side to take Sokratis instead and pull out of the race. However, it seems Napoli are keen to bring in both.
As a result, this is mixed news for Arsenal fans. It’s certainly a good thing if the club can offload at least a couple of their senior centre-backs, freeing up squad space and wages for new signings at the back.
Ideally, Gabriel would be one of those signings, so Napoli refusing to give up on him is less encouraging.
We’ll take what we can get at this point, though. Sokratis only has a year left on his Arsenal deal and is very much out of favour with Mikel Arteta. Any money the club can bring in for him is welcomed.