Kicker in Germany are expecting Sokratis Papastathopoulos to move to Arsenal this summer with the two clubs getting closer on the final price.


According to Kicker, Arsenal have offered €15m for Sokratis while Borussia Dortmund want €18m, a difference that the two clubs are expected to sort out sooner rather than later.

Over the weekend, it was claimed that Sokratis would become Arsenal’s first signing under Unai Emery.

Sokratis is out of contract next summer and the 29-year-old has reportedly decided he wants to link up with former Dortmund men, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Kicker claim that everything is agreed, with the fee between the two clubs the only matter left to be resolved.

Sven Mislintat wants Arsenal to sign a centre-back as one of four positions he’s looking to strengthen this summer according to reports, but who are the available options?

by Dan Critchlow

We already covered reports of the four areas Arsenal’s new head of recruitment wants to strengthen over the summer, which you can check out here.

One of these areas is the back line, as the club look to replace and reinforce a group that are mostly ageing, injury prone, retiring or inexperienced.

So who could the club look to target this summer?

Here are seven options should something go wrong with the Sokratis transfer: