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Arsenal close in on £17.5m defensive deal, Mislintat key again

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Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has already played a major part in the Gunners transfer activity in recent years, pushing through January deals for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Konstantinos Mavropanos.

The former Borussia Dortmund man is set to be key in the close-season window and it seems he’s ready to raid his former employers once again for the services of Greece international Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Mislintat is said to have close ties with Sokratis’ agent, according to German outlet Bildand is pushing through a deal for the experienced defender, with Dortmund preparing to cash-in as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.

The 29-year-old defender is seen as the ideal target to bolster Arsenal’s defensive ranks this summer, following a disappointing campaign at the Emirates Stadium, and he’d be drafted in as a replacement for Per Mertesacker, who’s set to take a coaching role with the academy.

Shkodran Mustafi’s future has also been called into question, along with Laurent Koscileny, but a decision on the duo will likely be made by Arsene Wenger’s successor in north London.

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