Publish Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 3:49
Sokratis Papastathopoulos will stay at Arsenal, although transfer rumors suggest otherwise, says his agent Konstantinos Farras.
The defender was part of Mikel Arteta this season and fought for playing time. The Spaniard preferred the duel of David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi for most of the campaign.
Speaking with reporter Freddie PaxtonFarras said: “He will stay. I don’t see a reason to leave. I don’t know why everyone is writing wrong and false news.
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However, Arsenal may still be willing to sell the 32-year-old before his contract expires next summer. They are unlikely to want the player to leave for free or join a rival club.
In March, Sokratis suggested leaving Arsenal saying he would not “stick to his contract”.
The Greece international could be sold this summer if it is found to be in excess of Arteta’s requirements.
The Gunners have the young Frenchman William Saliba and the recent signing of Pablo Mari next season. Both will compete for a place in the first team and will be able to push Sokratis down the ranks of the Emirates if they perform well.
Saliba, in particular, looks like one to watch. The graduate of St Etienne Academy was compared to the World Cup winner Raphael Varane in the past and may have a Premier League season in 2020/21.
He received the famous shirt number four, which was previously worn by the legendary captain Patrick Viera.
And he spent the last season on loan from former club St Etienne, under the command of Claude Puel, coach of Southampton and Leicester.
Sokratis may be sold to free up funds for Arsenal’s ambitious transfer plans this summer. The north London team is currently linked to Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho, in addition to a permanent change to midfielder Dani Ceballos.
If Sokratis stays in the Emirates for another season, Arsenal could have serious competition in the center back, which can finally solve their defensive problems.