Date: 1st June 2018 at 8:35pm
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is not resting on his laurels following his appointment at Arsenal and is seeking a number of defensive improvements to bolster the club’s frail back-line.

The former boss is already reported to have closed a deal for free-agent Stephan Lichtsteiner, winning of seven consecutive titles with Juventus, and is now closing in on another defensive addition.

German outlet Kicker state Arsenal are negotiating the ‘fine details’ with Borussia Dortmund for the services of Papastathopoulos, who will sign a three-year deal with the Gunners until 2021 when a worth €17m is completed.

With a move ‘almost certain’, it’s added that the 29-year-old Greece will complete a medical with the Premier League side next week to become one of Emery’s first major additions for the side.

Head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, formerly of Dortmund, is said to be the driving force behind the deal, with looking set to reunite with Pierre-Emerick Aubamyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.