Deal agreed: Arsenal close in on second defender signing as Emery era takes shape - report
Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Germany giants Borussia Dortmund, according to a report.
The Daily Telegraph claims that the Gunners have reached an agreement on a £16million deal and that he is set to pen a three-year deal at the Emirates Stadium.
It is understood that he will be the second defender to arrive this summer after already bringing in Stephan Lichsteiner, but the 30-year-old will not be officially confirmed until July.
Unai Emery’s new-look Arsenal is now beginning to take shape and it seems like he is focusing on improving the club’s options in defence.
Football Insider verdict:
Emery has clearly done his research on Arsenal and has got straight to work on improving a backline that were in truth shocking in the 2017/18 season. The North London club can’t expect to be anywhere near the top four if they conceded 51 goals in a 38-game league season and the defence is the main problem that needs addressing. The addition of Lichsteiner looks a solid one and he can compete with Hector Bellerin at right-back, but the reported imminent arrival of Sokratis is a totally different level. The Greece international is a highly-rated defender across Europe and has been a key figure for Dortmund in the last few years. He is now in the peak years of his career and is the sort of commanding figure that should be able to walk into the starting XI and make an instant positive impact. Arsenal already possess the attacking firepower that can compete with most in the English league and fans may have reason for optimism as Emery begins to work his magic tough on improving the defence.
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