AS Roma are weighing up a deal for Sokratis if Manchester United thwart their attempts to sign Chris Smalling on a permanent basis.
As things stand, it sounds like the England international, who spent last season on loan at the Stadio Olimpico, will complete his move, but our man, who we’ve been hawking out across Europa all summer, is on standby.
It’s a familiar story for the 32-year-old Greece international who not so long ago looked set to join Napoli – owner Aurelio De Laurentiis even confirmed the contact – only for a move to be cancelled when they retained the services of Kalidou Koulibaly.
Sokratis, who signed for the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund for £15 million two years ago, has experience of playing in Serie A. He spent two years with Genoa and then a further two years on the books of AC Milan although one of those was spent out on loan with Werder Bremen.
This could be one of a number of potential outgoings today. We’re expecting imminent confirmation that Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have joined Atletico Madrid and Hertha Berlin respectively.
As for incoming, any cash received from loan fees and the sale of Sokratis will be directed to Spain where the Gunners are looking to trigger Thomas Partey’s €50 million release clause.