OLYMPIAKOS JOIN RACE TO SIGN SOKRATIS
Greek Super League giants Olympiakos are the latest club to show interest in SokratisPapasthathopoulos who plays his club football at Arsenal in the Premier League. The interest of Olympiakos in the Greek international centre back was revealed by journalist Chris Wheatley who works for Football London.
It was stated that Olympiakos are long-term admirers of the 32-year-old who was left out of the Arsenal squad for the Premier League this season. SokratisPapasthathopoulos was left out of the Premier League squad alongside Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil. Both Sokratis and Ozil have six months left on their respective Arsenal contracts and they can start to speak with foreign clubs about a potential free transfer move in the summer.
SokratisPapasthathopoulos was strongly linked with a move to Italian Serie A giants Napoli last summer but the move didn't materialise. He was also close to moving to an unnamed European club the same summer before it fell through. Several clubs, including Olympiakos, have made enquiries for Sokratis on the possibility of taking him from Arsenal during the ongoing transfer window but the decision lies with the player. The Arsenal defender is yet to decide his next destination but it won't be Arsenal as his time at the Emirates Stadium is up.
Arsenal signed SokratisPapasthathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund in a £17m deal in the summer of 2018. He was one of the first signings under the Unai Emery managerial dispensation at the club. He was a regular in the Arsenal team while Unai Emery was the Gunners boss and his playing time has suffered under Mikel Artetawho replaced his compatriot Unai Emery as the new permanent manager at the Emirates Stadium after he was sacked in the middle of last season. Arsenal legend Freddy Ljumberg was the caretaker manager for some games in-between the two managerial regimes.