Arsenal on the verge of completing deal for Bundesliga €55,000-a-week star

Arsenal have reportedly stepped up their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The Gunners have been connected with a move for Greek player for a couple of weeks now and according to reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, they have progressed in their negotiations with Borussia Dortmund.

It’s reported that the north London club will make Papastathopoulos their first signing since the departure of French manager Arsene Wenger was confirmed, inferring that a deal to land the defender is close to conclusion.

The report claims the negotiations between the two sides is at an ‘advanced’ stage, with a final agreement set to be tied up in the near future.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been an important man for Borussia Dortmund in recent campaigns but becomes visible to be keen on securing his first ever move to the EPL, with the Gunners waiting in the wings.

Arsenal’s defensive woes have been the well-documented current season, and it looks like measures are being taken to remedy this problem.

This season, in all competitions (1.Bundesliga, Champions League, Europe League, DFB-Pokal, DFL-Supercup), Sokratis Papastathopoulos has made 43 appearances and netted three goals.