Spanish side the favourites to land Arsenal outcast

Estadiodeportivo says that Real Betis is now favourites to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Arsenal.

The Greek defender is approaching the end of his stay at the Emirates and didn’t play any games for them in the first half of the season.

He has been axed from the Arsenal first team and has been told that he can leave.

He was wanted by Napoli in the summer transfer window, but their failure to sell Kalidou Koulibaly meant that they had no need for him.

This month is another time that he can leave the Emirates, and the report says that Betis is now the frontrunner to sign him.

Betis is looking to complete the move, but they cannot pay a transfer fee.

Talks are still ongoing for the Greece captain, and they seem to be alone in the potential list of teams that may want him.

Genoa had been linked with a move for him in this transfer window as well, but the report says that they have instead signed Jerome Onguene from RB Salzburg, leaving Betis alone to agree on a deal with the defender and Arsenal.

Sokratis is one of the top earners at Arsenal and getting him off their wage bill would help the Gunners save some money that can be invested elsewhere.

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6 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    This is dragging on a bit!! I thought he was off to Turkey – speaking of Turkey:

    EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal & Mesut Ozil have an agreement in principle to terminate contract with immediate effect + end his 7.5yr #AFC career. If all goes to plan Fenerbahce expect 32yo to travel this weekend & complete move to #FENER as free agent
    @TheAthleticUK

    1. McLovin says:

      That is some news!!

      Özil 350k
      Sokratis 90k
      Kolasinac 100k

      All off the wage bill!

      Next summer we will certainly depart with:
      Luiz 120k
      Mustafi 90k

      Thats what, 700-800k a week released? Whiuh!

      1. Sue says:

        We’ll have more money than we know what to do with 😄

        1. jon fox says:

          WE , Sue? You mean Kroenke surely! Very different things.

  2. Sue says:

    OT.. Gerwyn Price on Soccer AM. – perfect!! Dab hand with a football as well as a dart!!

  3. jon fox says:

    I am amazed that WWE has not bid for Wrestler Sokratis. He would do well there, but far less well at his crude attempts to play football.
    To be serious, that clown MUST be the very last in the LONG line of joke dud CB’s we have had, going right back to Senderos in Wengers first season. I would have named the long list of duds but I only have ten minutes to spare.

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