Arsenal have announced they have come to an agreement with Sokratis Papastathopoulos over the early termination of his contract.
The Greek defender had less than 6 months of his current deal to run, and would have been available for free during the summer.
Like Mesut Ozil, soon to be a Fenerbahce player, Sokratis was not named in the squads for the Premier League or Europa League this season.
The 31-year-old joined from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018 for a fee of around £16m. Since then he has made 69 appearances in total, the last of which came in the FA Cup win over Chelsea in August.
In some ways he’s been a bit unfortunate, while not the greatest defender to have come through the club, he never made the same volume of calamitous errors as Shkodran Mustafi, for example.
He is now a free agent, and will be able to agree terms with a new club as soon as he finds one. He’s had links to Turkey, Italy and Spain, and fingers crossed he can make a decent move.
He obviously leaves on good terms, with Technical director Edu saying: “On behalf of Mikel, our coaches, players and everyone at the club, I would like to thank Papa for his contribution to the club.
“He has been an important part of our group and has been a model professional throughout. The negotiations to end his contract have been collaborative and we wish Papa and his family well for the future.”
Best of luck to him.