Arsene Wenger is continuing his search for a replacement centre-back, and has tabled a £12.5 million offer for Greek international, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, reports talkSPORT. The Borussia Dortmund player has been lined up after the club sold Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona at an earlier point this summer.
Papastathopoulos has gained a considerable reputation in the Bundesliga, seeing as he can effectively play in the centre of defence and in the right full-back position. Should he be brought into the Gunners’ side then the player will work in a similar way to Calum Chambers, in that he could be used in a variety of positions across the backline.
Papastathopoulos has also played for Werder Bremen and AC Milan, and at 26 years old he represents a player with a desirable youth/experience combination. Given that Wenger has just Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in terms of out-and-out centre-backs to choose from, the new addition is set to make a decent amount of important appearances for the club.
The Gunners hope that an offer of £12.5 million will be enough to lure the Grecian to North London, but Dortmund are reportedly holding out for more money. The German side value Papastathopoulos because of his versatility, and do not want to let him leave for anything other than top dollar.