Sokratis closing in on Arsenal move

Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos is in the process of completing a move to Arsenal, according to the player’s father.

The 29-year-old Greece international was reportedly also a target of Manchester United but Arsenal appear to have snapped him up, which means he could be manager Unai Emery’s first addition at the Emirates Stadium.

Sokratis’ father, Charalambos Papastathopoulos, told Greek radio station 24/7: “There was interest from United but he had to wait until July for them.

“United have a very good relationship with Dortmund, the teams talked but Sokratis chose to go to Arsenal.

“Arsenal had talked two years ago but I don’t know why he didn’t sign.

“He is going to a higher level, the world’s most competitive league and I believe he will do very well.

“Sokratis is in his last year at Dortmund. This was a major reason [for completing the move]

“He is happy, he is in England at the moment and will be doing what he has to do, the typical things, everything will go well, he is happy, he is changing.”

Sokratis made 30 Bundesliga appearances for the BVB this past season and scored two goals. He has been at the German club since 2013.