Arsenal closing in on signing Dortmund defender Sokratis

Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund and Greece centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos in a deal worth £17.5m.

Sokratis Dortmund
Sokratis will only have 12-months remaining on his contract at Dortmund from July

Sokratis who will only have 12-months left on his contract with Dortmund once this season is over is looking very close to becoming an Arsenal player next season. With no new deal being agreed between the Greek international and the club it looks like Dortmund would rather cash in this summer than lose him on a free transfer in 12-months time.

German publication Bild is reporting that a deal to bring the 29-year-old to North London is very close to completion with a fee of £17.5m close to being agreed.

Other teams such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus are also looking at Sokratis, but it seems Arsenal have the edge with former Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat negotiating the deal for Arsenal with his former club.

The Gunners see the 29-year-old as the man to add steal into their weak central back line which has leaked soft goals on a regular basis from set-pieces and free-kicks.

The giant defender joined Dortmund from fellow Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for €9.5m in 2013. He has established himself as one of the best defenders in the German top-flight since his move to the Westfalenstadion.

Since his arrival to Dortmund, he has gone on to make a total of 127 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals.

On the international stage, he has won a total of 79 caps for Greece, scoring three goals.

Sokratis could become the second Greek defender to join up with Arsenal within six-months following the signing of Konstantinos Mavropanos back in January.

With Arsene Wenger set to leave this summer, the Arsenal board have already started to prepare for next season with a new managerial arrival set to be named soon.