Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Dortmund’s Sokratis Available?

Dortmund's Sokratis
DORTMUND, GERMANY - MAY 05: Sokratis of Dortmund runs with the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Signal Iduna Park on May 5, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Arsenal ended their season on Sunday with a win away to Huddersfield. So, it is every fans’ favorite time of year; transfer season. With the window not yet open, clubs cannot make additions to their squads just yet. But, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill. The juiciest stories are coming out of Germany, where Dortmund’s Sokratis may be available for purchase.

Dortmund’s Sokratis Linked With Arsenal

The 29-year-old defender started his career in his native Greece with AEK Athens. Sokratis Papastathopoulos made 58 first-team appearances with the team before making a move to Italy.

He switched to Genoa in 2008 before catching the eye of AC Milan. However, Sokratis could not make an impact at the San Siro and made just five appearances for the Rossoneri.

The defender then joined Werder Bremen to get minutes. While the deal was first a loan, the German outfit purchased the player outright the very next season. By 2013, Borussia Dortmund decided to make a move for the player, signing him that summer.

Contract Troubles

With his contract running out in 2019, the club now wishes to re-sign the player. However, Dortmund’s Sokratis is refusing to commit his future to the Signal Iduna Park.

According to Kicker, the player will either leave this summer or allow his contract to expire. The reported fee is somewhere in the region of £15 million ($20 million). That is significant as Arsenal do not have the same funds as, for example, Manchesters City or United, making this deal financially possible.

Plus, the Gunners have a huge need at the back.

Statistically, they have one of the worst defenses in the Premier League. First-choice starter Laurent Koscielny also suffered a ruptured achilles during the Europa League semifinals, ruling him out until December at the earliest. Club captain Per Mertesacker is officially retired, joining the Academy this summer.

Shkodran Mustafi has not found any sort of consistency at Arsenal during his two-year spell at the club. Meanwhile, youngsters Mavropanos, Holding and Chambers are still unknown quantities.

This deal looks like it could go through, as long as Dortmund’s Sokratis does not have a change of heart.

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