Arsenal have reportedly made an official bid to sign Borussia Dortmund’s utility man Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, according to the reports in Metro.
The Greek international has vast experience at the top level, having played in the top flight in both Italy and Germany, enjoying stints at Milan, Genoa and Werder Bremen before joining Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The report states that the Gunners have launched a £10.9 million bid for the Borussia Dortmund utility man. Wenger wants to strengthen his midfield and defence before the transfer window closes on Monday and Sokratis is seen as an ideal acquisition for the north London club.
It further states that Dortmund are ready to sell the 26 year old, but they want closer to £20 million and negotiations between the two clubs are continuing to find a compromise.
Papastathopoulos, who is commonly known just as Sokratis, joined Dortmund just last summer from Werder Bremen for £7.5 million. He got a good amount of games last season, but has now fallen down the pecking order following the recovery of first-choice defender Neven Subotic, who missed the most of last season through injury and will partner new Dortmund captain Mats Hummels at the back.
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Key stats and Style of Play:
Sokratis made 28 appearances for Dortmund last season, making him a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s side. The Greek centre-back’s consistency has made him a favorite among fans at the Signal Iduna Park. He has been remarkably stable, which is a very tall order indeed in a remarkably unstable Dortmund back line that has seen him play with different partners on a weekly basis.
His defensive displays at the World Cup were very impressive as he played in every minute of Greece’s games in Brazil, winning 66% of his tackles and averaged 10 defensive actions on average per game. He was also decent with Dortmund winning 62% of his total duels last season and has a passing accuracy of 82% which is very good for a defender.
He is feisty, gritty and sturdily built defender, who possesses a win-at-all-costs mentality as demonstrated on plenty of occasions last season. However, he plays on the edge and his brute strength can be neutralised by strict referees.
Should we Buy?
The Gunners are in desperate need of a defender after Vermaelen’s move to Barcelona earlier this summer. He not might be a top class defender who can directly get into the first team, but he can make some impact when called upon and he can also play in multiple positions which will be of great use for Arsenal.
His presence would apply pressure on Wenger’s centre-back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and PerMertesacker, although the Gunners will have to open their cheque book further in order to cut a deal.
Rumour Rater : 3/5
1 – Never going to happen
2 – Unlikely
3 – Could be possible
4 – Likely
5 – Done deal
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