Date: 30th May 2018 at 11:29pm

Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal as Unai Emery’s first signing, reports say.

The Borussia Dortmund enforcer is reportedly set to join for £16m this summer.

The 29-year-old Greece international has a year left on his contract with the German Bundesliga side.

Sokratis’ arrival could compensate for the loss of captain Laurent Koscielny who tore his achilles earlier this month.

With the World Cup fast approaching, where prices are expected to inflate massively, Unai Emery and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat are acting quickly with a keeper high on the wish list, report Football.London.

The North Londoners are also suggested to be chasing Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner who is a free agent this summer after seven years in Turin.

The departure of manager Arsene Wenger and arrival of head coach Unai Emery has seen Arsenal adopt a continental model in which Mislintat will lead on recruitment alongside Emery, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

 

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