Arsenal Ready To Battle Man Utd Over Deal To Sign Bundesliga Star
Arsenal are hoping to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos this summer but could face stiff competition from Manchester United
The transfer window is closed but managers are working hard on their plans for the summer so we’ll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. Today, Arsenal and Man Utd are linked with Sokratis Papastathopoulos…
Arsenal are hoping to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos this summer but could face stiff competition from Manchester United, according to a report in the Mirror.
Papastathopoulos joined Dortmund from Werder Bremen in 2013 and has been an important player having racked up almost 200 appearances in all competitions to help them win two domestic cups over the past four years.
However, the Greek international’s future at the Westfalonstadion has been the subject of constant speculation with the centre-back regularly linked with a move to the Premier League.
It seems this summer will be no different as the Mirror are citing a report from Gazzetta dello Sport that claims Arsenal have joined the chase to sign Papastathopoulos at the end of the season.
Arsene Wenger is expected to be in the market for a new centre-back this summer as Per Mertesacker will retire in June while Laurent Koscielny has been hampered by an on-going Achilles injury this campaign.
The report says Arsenal are hoping to sign Papastathopoulos and the 29-year-old is believed to be keen to leave the Bundesliga in search of a new challenge so a move to England could be on the cards.
However, the Gunners aren’t the only club in the running as the Mirror claim that Man Utd are among a whole host of top clubs who are also showing a keen interest in Papastathopoulos ahead of the summer.
Jose Mourinho is also being tipped to bring in a new central defender to act as a partner for Eric Bailly next season with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling being linked with moves away from Old Trafford.
The Manchester giants have been linked with a whole host of different names but the Mirror suggests that Papastathopoulos is on Mourinho’s radar so they could challenge Arsenal for his signature this summer.
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