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 , winning of seven consecutive titles with , and is now closing in on another defensive addition.

German outlet Kicker state Arsenal are negotiating the ‘fine details’ with for the services of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who will sign a three-year deal with until 2021 when a transfer 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 north London side.

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