Arsenal should complete the transfer of centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund next week, Press Association Sport understands.
The 30-year-old Greece international is expected to put the finishing touches to a deal, reported to be in the region of 20 million euros (£18million), which will see him head to the Emirates Stadium.
Papastathopoulos will bring some much needed resilience to Arsenal’s backline. Gambling.com’s new tool, The Transfer Hound, suggests that the deal could be completed any day now. It features tweets from reliable journalists who are all reporting the same story.
New Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has already signed Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus and goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen – with Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, away on World Cup duty, another likely recruit.