Arsenal transfer news: Four-man transfer shortlist revealed, Wenger backs Arteta and more - May 17, 2018
With Arsene Wenger finally calling it a day, the upcoming transfer window has attracted extra attention from the Arsenal fan base. The excitement for Wenger's successor to be announced is increasing with each passing day and also the anticipation for the players that the new man in charge will sign.
Arsenal has been linked with numerous players and managers day in day out for the past few weeks. Some rumours raise eyebrows, some seem realistic while some are there just for the sake of it. In this segment, we will take a look a look at all the major advancements that happen in the transfer world concerning Arsenal.
So without further ado, let's take a look at the transfer reports featuring Arsenal that made headlines on May 16:
#3 Arsenal start negotiations with Sokratis Papastathapolous
A centre back is said to be Arsenal's number one summer priority. Caglar Soyuncu of Freiburg was their first choice but his reported £35 million price has put the deal on a halt for the moment. The Daily Mail understands that Arsenal have since shifted their focus towards Sokratis Papastathapolous.
Arsenal's head of recruitment Sven Mislintat knows Sokratis well during his time in Borussia Dortmund and has hence sanctioned a £17.5 million deal for the Greek international.