If there is no smoke without fire then the constant Arsenal rumours linking us with the centre-back Sokratis must have some basis is fact. And because the Greek international currently plays at Borussia Dortmund, which is Sven Mislintat’s old hunting ground, it sounds over more believable every day.
Now the German Sportspaper Bild have got in on the act and are stating that the Gunners are going to pay 20 million euros for the defender, and give him a two year contract due to his age. They also report that Dortmund have already sourced his replacement in Abdou Diallo from Mainz and once that deal is secured Sokratis can then join Arsenal.
FROM BILD (translated by Google!): Defense boss Sokratis (29 / contract until 2019) apparently starts! The Greek is likely to switch to the island to Arsenal London, should have a two-year offer. Transfer fee: about 20 million euros. Dortmund is already aiming for a successor …
I for one would welcome his arrival as we certainly need to try and boost our back line urgently. There will obviously have to be many more comings and goings this summer, but getting Sokratis would be a good start, especially as Koscielny is going to on the treatment table for many more months….