Reports from Germany say that Arsenal are set to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.
Bild report that the Gunners are set to splash out €20m on the Greek defender as Sven Mislintat returns to his former club to bolster the squad of his new one.
Arsenal are in real need of an experienced central defender following the retirement of Per Mertesacker and the serious injury sustained by Laurent Koscielny.
Doubts persist over the form and suitability of Shkodran Mustafi who could be a departure this summer as a defensive shake-up takes place.
Konstantinos Mavropanos arrived in January, while both Rob Holding and Calum Chambers signed new deals recently. There are also strong links to 21 year old Freiburg centre-half Caglar Soyuncu.
Our tactics columnist, and keen Dortmund watcher, Lewis Ambrose, gives us this view of the potential signing.
“Sokratis is an interesting target for Arsenal and fits in with the way the team have tried to defend in recent years: on the front foot. The best word to sum up his approach is would be ‘aggressive’, which is probably his biggest strength and his biggest weakness.
“The centre-back can be an uncompromising opponent on his day, bullying his direct opponent, but he focuses too much on winning the ball back and can leave gaping holes at the back if he’s beaten. His recovery speed is good but he can steps out of the back-line too freely and may be punished in England for his penchant for pulling shirts at set-pieces.
“His Dortmund career started solidly and he slowly improved up until midway through 2016 but his form has suffered since.
“It’s difficult to decipher whether that is down to him going through a decline in his late 20s or the team slowly getting worse over the last 18 months.
“Though he’s generally performed during his five years at Dortmund and the club wanted to keep him, there aren’t too many fans overly disappointed to see he’ll be leaving, especially with a probable €20m fee widely mentioned.”