Serie A side Genoa have started talks with Arsenal to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos this month, according to TMW.
The Greek defender joined Unai Emery’s Arsenal back in the summer of 2018 for a little under £18 million. (Guardian) He became a huge hit among fans in the first half of that season, but mistakes in the business end of the campaign ruined his reputation.
Emery kept faith in Sokratis at the start of last season but Mikel Arteta saw things differently when he came in. The former Dortmund man has played just 11 times under the new Arsenal boss – all of which came last term.
Sokratis, like Mesut Ozil, has been left out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads. He hasn’t played a game for the senior side this term, and an exit this month is his best option.
The report claims that his former side Genoa are keen to bring him back. Sokratis spent two seasons with the Griffins and played 59 times for them.
Genoa still think Sokratis has a lot to offer. They have reportedly entered talks with Arsenal and there is optimism that a deal could be done before the window shuts at the end of this month.
Arsenal need to get players out of the door to bring new ones in. Sokratis clearly isn’t in Arteta’s plans and a move away this month is the only way he can start playing again.
Letting Sokratis go for free wouldn’t be a bad idea either. The 32-year-old has just six months left on his contract and currently earns close to £100,00-a-week. Getting that off our wage bill will give us a financial boost as we look to bring in a creative player in the coming weeks.