Premier League sides plotting to hijack Arsenal defender’s move to Italy

Unnamed Premier League teams are interested in signing Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos this summer despite the agreement that he has with Napoli, Sun Sport, reports.

The Greek defender is set to leave Arsenal this summer after falling down the pecking order since Mikel Arteta joined the club.

He has been linked with a move to several teams in this transfer window, but he has reached an agreement with Napoli.

The agreement that he has with the Italians remains solid after they agreed to match his current salary at Arsenal, claims Gazzetta Dello Sport.

However, he will only join the Italian side if they manage to sell Kalidou Koulibaly this summer.

Koulibaly has interest from PSG with the Sun claiming that he will likely make the move to the Parc des Princes before the transfer window shuts.

If PSG pulls off that transfer, Sokratis will be joining his friends Kostas Manolas and Gennaro Gattuso at the Italian side.

However, the uncertainty regarding his transfer to the Italian side has seen him attract the attention of several English teams as well as teams from Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Sokratis has less than a year left on his current Arsenal contract and it will be interesting to see how much the Gunners make from his sale.

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7 Comments

  1. Grandad says:

    We will not make anything from his sale given that he cost around 17m.The only benefit will be the removal of his unjustifiable wages.

    1. RSH says:

      it was a poor signing from the start. He was in decline at Dortmund and was certain to have very low resale value. Unfortunately it’s another case of just getting the player off the books. Hoping we are done with signings like this.

  2. Matthew Shannon says:

    I hope they just let him go on a free to be honest. We need to get his wages off the books and free up a squad spot for better players to come in. What transfer money we might get for him won’t be anything really do better we just rid ourselves of him.

  3. Atid says:

    I think the good thing is he hasn’t got to the appearance levels in order to trigger the add ons. Also there was a clause for champions League qualification and success in Europe. So he has ended up costing us around £9m not the reported amounts.

  4. ken1945 says:

    I love these “unnamed sources”…they have so much influence on fans around the world.

    Rags like the Sun, can make up these stories to fill column spaces and then sit back and laugh at our acceptance of these unfounded BS.

    If we had actioned just 10% of the players we were interested in signing since MA took over, we would have over twelve new players, with about eight going out on loan or being sold.

    Again, I am amazed at the way our fans love to give kronkie’s money away at the drop of a hat.
    If he IS attracting interest then we sell him – why on earth would we give in to the players request to cancel his contract, so he can get a move?

    Mind you, if our club, reportedly, is trying to weedle out of a legitimate contract, I guess a player can do the same thing as well?

    1. jw1 says:

      Papa was an adequate old-school CB who was brought in when BFG retired– then Kos began suffering a skein of injuries. Sokratis played for a sub-par manager– while paired with an idiot-partner who personally gifted enough points and our CL spots to other clubs 2 years running.

      He did anything asked of him and I appreciated his shithousery– given when called for. If he were more comfortable with the ball at his feet when playing out of the back– he might have had a chance of sticking.

      Instead he’ll go to a league where his skills will suffice.

      Will bid you a hearty farewell Papa. ‘Best of’ at Napoli!

  5. SueP says:

    Unnamed PL teams interested in signing him …hmmm!

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