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Arsenal eye summer move for Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos

With the centre-half positions a necessity to fill at the Emirates, boss Arsene Wenger could make his move

Arsenal are reportedly planning a summer move for Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Arsene Wenger is certain to be in the market for at least one centre-half at the end of the season, and the Greek International fits the bill according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Arsenal are on the hunt for Sokratis Papastathopoulos - but face competition to sign the Greek

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Arsenal are on the hunt for Sokratis Papastathopoulos – but face competition to sign the Greek

But the Gunners are likely to face some stiff competition to land the 29-year-old, with Manchester United, Juventus and Chelsea all believed to be interested.


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Papastathopoulos, rated at about £25million, joined Dortmund in 2013 when now-Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was in charge.

Since then he has become one of the Bundesliga club’s most reliable players and has had interest from a number of clubs.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos has become one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga

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Sokratis Papastathopoulos has become one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga

He has made 192 appearances for Dortmund.

Papastathopoulos reportedly wants to leave the German club in January to try and win more trophies.

He is under contract until 2019 and Dortmund will know they could cash in during the summer.

Arsene Wenger is certain to look for defensive additions in the summer

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Arsene Wenger is certain to look for defensive additions in the summer

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker is expected to retire in the summer to take up a coaching role at the club.


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Speaking last summer about the opportunity to move into the backroom staff at the Emirates, Mertesacker said: “This is the start of an exciting new chapter for me and I am delighted that I will be able to stay part of the Arsenal family.”

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