Cape Town - Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis
Papastathopoulos is in the process of completing a move to Arsenal,
according to the player's father.
The 29-year-old Greece international was reportedly also a target of
Manchester United but Arsenal appear to have snapped him up, which means
he could be manager Unai Emery's first addition at the Emirates
Sokratis’ father, Charalambos Papastathopoulos, told Greek radio
station 24/7: "There was interest from United but he had to wait until
July for them.
"United have a very good relationship with Dortmund, the teams talked but Sokratis chose to go to Arsenal.
"Arsenal had talked two years ago but I don't know why he didn't sign.
"He is going to a higher level, the world's most competitive league and I believe he will do very well.
"Sokratis is in his last year at Dortmund. This was a major reason [for completing the move]
"He is happy, he is in England at the moment and will be doing what
he has to do, the typical things, everything will go well, he is happy,
he is changing."
Sokratis made 30 Bundesliga appearances for the BVB this past season
and scored two goals. He has been at the German club since 2013.