Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has agreed personal terms with Turkish giants Fenerbahce ahead of a possible move in the coming days, according to Fanatik.
The Greek international, signed by Unai Emery from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018, is no longer a part of Arsenal’s plans.
Mikel Arteta has left him out of the Premier League and Europa League squads, and an exit this month is the best thing for all parties involved.
The report claims that Sokratis and Fenerbahce have come to an agreement in terms of wages. The Greek defender now has to sit down with Arsenal to terminate his contract which would allow him to move to Turkey on a free transfer.
Arsenal will likely oblige. Sokratis, who will not play for us again, is on £92,000-a-week wages (Spotrac), which is a lot. He only has six months left on his contract as well which eliminates a sale for any sort of money.
Letting him leave for free eases the burden on our wage bill. Sokratis will also get regular game time which makes this deal the best thing for all parties involved.
Sokratis isn’t the only Arsenal player heading to Turkey
The report claims that Sokratis had proposals from Serie A sides Napoli and Genoa. However, he has decided to accept Fenerbahce’s offer as his Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil will be joining him there.
The German is reportedly very close to leaving us. Fenerbahce are said to be his likeliest destination, and that is very good news for Arsenal.
We will save millions in wages over the next six months with Sokratis, Ozil and Kolasinac out of the door. Arsenal can now use that money to bring in a creative midfielder who can help change our fortunes in the second half of this season.