Arsenal have been linked with Sokratis Papastathopoulos throughout the transfer window, and although the needed procedure is reported to be done and dusted, there hasn’t yet been any official revelation from both the clubs.
Sokratis is poised to join Arsenal
But the Arsenal supporters can finally breathe a sigh of relief, as German club Borussia Dortmund have hinted with significance that the Greek may well be on his way. Dortmund have confirmed the signing of Abdou Diallo from Mainz, who set to become their 2nd most expensive player as the defender made a £25 million move to the Signal Iduna Park.
This has been taken as a positive that the Sokratis deal is finalized and he is coming to Arsenal this summer.
Diallo expressed his happiness of joining the Bundesliga giants while Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said, “Abdou Diallo brings a great deal of what we expect from a defender. He’s a modern, strong and very intelligent centre-back, but he can also play on either side of the defence or be used in defensive midfield.”
Diallo has joined Dortmund with a 5 year contract.
This is clearly suggestive that the Bundesliga club are preparing for the life without Sokratis although Dortmund sporting director recently said that the move hasn’t been finalized yet. But he also conceded that the move is pretty much a posibilty and the player may end up joining the North London club.
The 30 year old joined Borussia in 2013 and since been an integral part of their squad, making 198 appearances in all competitions and winning the Dfb Pokal in 2017. He has been the first choice for the Gunners after Laurent Koscielny suffered a serious achilles injury and due to the inconsistency of the other centre backs.
Koscielny got injured in the Europa League match against Atletico Madrid
The 79 time Greece international will join Stephan Lichtsteiner and his fellow Bundesliga player Bernd Leno, who have already made the switch to the North London club.