Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirms they are lining up a move for Arsenal centre back Sokratis… which could pave way for Manchester City to sign Kalidou Koulibaly
- Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed the club’s interest in Sokratis
- The centre-back has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal and could move
- If Sokratis joins, it could lead to Manchester City signing Kalidou Koulibaly
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that the Italian side are interested in signing Arsenal defender Sokratis.
The Greek centre-back has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal and could leave as Arsenal look to generate more money for new signings.
If Sokratis was to join Napoli it could lead to Kalidou Koulibaly making the switch to Manchester City.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the club’s interest in signing Sokratis
As reported by Il Napoli Online, De Laurentiis said: ‘We are working on signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Arsenal, we consider it an option.’
Speaking about the possibility of selling City target Koulibaly, he said: ‘When there are important offers, we will sell.’
Sokratis has prior experience of Italian football having previously played for Genoa and AC Milan.
He has played 69 times for Arsenal since joining from Borussia Dortmund two years ago, but was used sparingly after last season restarted.
De Laurentiis admitted that Napoli are open to selling players in this window for the right price
If Sokratis was to join Napoli it could lead to Manchester City signing Kalidou Koulibaly
Arsenal have many centre-backs on their books, with another having joined this week in Gabriel Magalhaes.
City, meanwhile, are eager to secure a deal for Koulibaly, who could cost £72million.
Pep Guardiola’s side have already brought in Nathan Ake from Bournemouth in this transfer window and Koulibaly could also make the switch to the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal have interest from Fiorentina and Torino in Lucas Torreira while PSG remain in talks for Hector Bellerin. Arsenal midfielder Ben Sheaf, 22, is joining Coventry City on loan.