Arsenal have agreed a deal for Greek centre-back, Konstantinos Mavropanos, thought to be in the region of £2.2m.
The Gunners have signed Mavropanos from PAS Giannina for around £2.2m.
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The 20-year-old will potentially go out on loan to German side Werder Bremen for the remainder of the season.
The centre-back was found by Sven Mislintat, who has had close links with the player’s agent since his time as a Borussia Dortmund scout.
Arsenal’s new chief scout has connections to the Greek market and found 18-year-old Argiris Kampetsis for Dortmund from Olympiakos last summer.
Mavropanos, who broke into PAS Giannina’s first team at the end of last season after making his debut in November 2016, is seen as the next big Greek talent after Panagiotis Retsos, who joined Leverkusen last summer.
This season, Mavropanos has made 14 Super League appearances and scored three goals. He’s also been capped twice for Greece’s u21s.
Gazzetta.gr journalist Thodoris Vasilis describes the deal as ‘huge’ and has compared the 20-year-old’s defensive style to Shkodran Mustafi’s.
“PAS Giannina are a defence-minded team who are well organised and low scoring,” Vasilis told Goal. “The game plan is about having a solid defence and hitting the opposition on the counter-attack. That opened up a big opportunity for Mavropanos as PAS play with three defenders.
“He showed that he’s very good in one-on-one duels. He’s not so much technically gifted, but very dynamic and good in the air. He is a similar player to Shkodran Mustafi if you are comparing him with another Arsenal defender.”
The young centre-back may not be a big name – in fact, he’s a typical Arsene Wenger January signing. However, it’s good to see Mislintat getting involved and the Gunners building for the future.
Welcome to Arsenal, Konstantinos.