As rumours circle that Arsenal are close to completing a deal for Lille’s Gabriel Magalhães, it becomes ever more obvious that we’re going to need to shift a few defenders.
As things stand, we’re incredibly bloated at centre-back with William Saliba, David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Dinos Mavropanos and Sokratis all on the books at the moment.
While three of the above (Mari, Mustafi & Chambers) are injured and Mavropanos is out on loan, it’s still too many.
It’s therefore little surprise to hear that Sokratis, who barely featured after the lockdown, is being linked with an exit. His possible destination? Napoli.
It certainly makes sense. The Italian side is one of the clubs being linked with Gabriel but will have to look elsewhere if they are pipped to his signing by us. Why not cheer them up with a Greek takeaway?
At 32, the Greek seems a good fit for Serie A; a league that he played in for four years with both Genoa and AC Milan. Vastly experienced, and likely to come cheap given he’s in the final year of his contract at the Emirates, he’d burnish any squad looking for a bit of grit and determination at the back.
Come on lads, take him. You know you want to.