Arsenal have completed the permanent signing of Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina.
The fee reported for Mavropanos was reported by the Sun to be £2.2million.
The 20-year-old central defender is Wenger’s first January signing, however Sky Sports state he is expected to join German outfit Werder Bremen on loan until the end of the season.
The news was announced on the official Arsenal Twitter page on Thursday afternoon.
Welcome to Arsenal, Konstantinos 🔴 https://t.co/riLPiqxyX4
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 4, 2018
Consistent good domestic play had placed the young greek defender in the limelight for a big move, and now he’ll have the chance to prove himself at the top level.
Coming into the 2017/18 season, Konstantinos had only made two Greek top flight league appearances, he has now gone on to make 14 this season alone.
Football Insider verdict:
This looks like a nice piece of business by Arsenal. The small fee reduces the risk of a flop, and time away to develop in the Bundesliga (a better standard than the Greek Super League) can only benefit the 20-year-old. Arsenal have a lots of aging defensive experience who can help guide the young Greek into the ways of the Premier League eventually, but only time will tell when that is. Konstantinos has represented his national side Greece at the Under-21 level but with more performances like he had been having over in Greece he will be a sure fire starter for the Senior team in no time.
In other Arsenal transfer news, four Premier League clubs are reported to hold an interest in a forgotten Arsenal winger.
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