Napoli eyeing Sokratis
Arsenal secured Sokratis’ services in the summer of 2018.
The Gunners signed the centre-half from German outfit Borussia Dortmund for a fee of around £14m.
Sokratis has since gone on to feature 68 times across all competitions for Arsenal, in which he has scored six and assisted two.
And despite being 32, the Greek was a regular contributor during the early stages of the current campaign, in which he started Arsenal’s first 11 Premier League outings.
However, since Mikel Arteta took the reins at the Emirates, Sokratis has fallen majorly down the pecking order.
And with Gabriel and William Saliba now also on Arsenal’s books, it is really hard to see Sokratis garnering any sort of regular football in 2020/21.
Also, as we covered on Wednesday, Arsenal are reportedly looking to move on some of their current centre-backs after the arrival of Gabriel, with Sokratis amongst those named.
In terms of potential suitors for Sokratis, Serie A duo Napoli and Roma were named as clubs interested in the stopper last month.
And the former of those two sides do indeed appear to hold concrete interest in signing Sokratis, with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis having this to say recently:
“We’re working to get Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Arsenal, we’re considering him as an option.”
Allan to Everton looks to be done
De Laurentiis has also handed Everton fans a big boost in their pursuit of Napoli midfielder, Allan.
The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League outfit Everton in recent weeks.
It was then reported on Tuesday that the Everton board were planning a medical for the midfielder.
Now, De Laurentiis has confirmed that the deal to take Allan to Goodison Park is pretty much done:
“Allan to Everton seems to be a done deal, yes”
Napoli president De Laurentiis: “We’re working to get Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Arsenal, we’re considering him as an option. Koulibaly? I’m ready to sell him if some club will submit the right bid. Allan to Everton seems to be a done deal, yes”. #AFC #EFC #MCFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 3, 2020