According to Corriere dello Sport, Sokratis already has an agreement with Napoli but can’t complete his move until the Serie A side part ways with Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Greek has been lined up by Gennaro Gattuso as a replacement for the Senegal international who has attracted strong interest from both Paris St Germain and Manchester City.
Sokrati, 32, is tied to Arsenal for another year but is, according to the report, angling for the rest of his contract to be cancelled.
We have no idea if that is true, but it would be good to get out of the habit of letting contracted players leave for free, as happened recently with Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Even a token fee would come in useful at this point as we look to raise funds for midfield reinforcements.
Earlier this month,Napoli’s owner Aurelio De Laurentiis, confirmed interest in the player when he stated: “We are working on signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Arsenal, we consider it an option.”
The transfer window closes in 12 days so Koulibaly and Sokratis will both learn their fates pretty soon.