Arsenal are lining up a transfer for Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos after failing to agree on a price for Caglar Soyuncu
- Arsenal start talks with Borussia Dortmund for Sokratis Papastathopoulus
- They haven’t been in a position to agree on a value for first alternative Caglar Soyuncu
- Freiburg are asking for £35m however Arsenal have restricted funds after January
Arsenal have requested about Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos amid considerations over their pursuit of Freiburg’s Caglar Soyuncu.
Mikel Arteta is more likely to have a restricted funds to work with as soon as he’s appointed supervisor following Arsenal’s expenditure in January and Freiburg’s £35m asking value for Soyuncu is a priority.
Sokratis is well-known to Sven Mislintat after all, Arsenal’s head of recruitment, and would value significantly much less at round £17.5m.
Arsenal want a centre-back with Laurent Koscielny out for six months and Per Mertesacker taking on a training function.
Arsene Wenger blooded January signing Konstantinos Mavropanos, a Greece U21 worldwide, final season and he may gain advantage from the expertise of his compatriot.
Sportsmail revealed Arsenal’s curiosity in Soyuncu again in March however up to now their valuation differs from that of Freiburg.