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The Daily Mail claim that Unai Emery is expecting the Borussia Dortmund man to be the first signing of his new era (for the senior team at least). Bild reported on 19 May that the defender would sign a two-year-deal with the club.
The length of contract might seem a bit surprising, given recent signings like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting a three-and-a-half year contract, or Alexandre Lacazette getting a five year deal. The difference is that Sokratis will be 30 this summer.
Sokratis is almost certainly on the way out this summer, after failing to agree a contract renewal to stay in Dortmund. The defender originally looked certain to end up at Arsenal. Reports immediately after the end of the season suggested a €20m transfer on a two-year deal was practically nailed on.
Dortmund are apparently so sure the move will happen that they’re already searching for a successor. They have their eyes set on Mainz defender Abdou Diallo, and are reportedly planning a €25m bid.
Lichtsteiner, meanwhile, has reportedly already been to London Colney and that deal, which would see the Juventus man arrive on a free transfer, also seems to be close.
The 34-year-old will bring a wealth of experience to the club and will be invaluable in helping Hector Bellerin re-start his development.
- Age: 23
- Current club: Juventus
- Contract until: 2021
- Market value: £18m
Rugani is a young defender who has a few years of experience learning from the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci, playing for one of the biggest teams in Europe. It doesn’t get much better than that in terms of learning your defensive trade.
According to the player’s agent, Arsenal showed an interest in the centre-back in January, but didn’t make an official offer at the time. We’ll see if they decide to go back in the summer.
Despite his age, Rugani already caught the eye of a lot of fans and critics.
He keeps his focus well, and has a very good eye for a pass. As we know, passing is a key trait if you’re going to play in defence for Arsenal.
If Mislintat wants to freshen up the defence without losing top level European experience, Rugani could be the answer.