Genoa in pole position to sign €20m-rated Arsenal centre-back

Genoa have informed wantaway the London giants centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos to make a decision on his future by the end of next week or they will look to recruit a different footballer.

The 32-year-old centre-back has been deemed surplus to requirements by the Spanish manager and hasn’t featured in a competitive match this campaign, having been omitted from the Gunners domestic and European squads.

Sokratis joined Arsenal in the summer of 2108 on the recommendation of Gunners former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and featured prominently during Unai Emery’s tenure. Papastathopoulos has fallen down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta, however, and was told he had no future at the club during the close campaign but stayed put.

The London giants are currently well-stocked with central defensive options and are looking to trim their bloated squad before the end of the month. Fellow outcast Mesut Ozil is said to be on the verge of joining Fenerbahce, who also maintain an interest in Greece international.

Genoa had also been in the running for the Greek defender but are running out of patience with the footballer. Genoa currently 19th in Serie, have informed the centre-back’s representatives that they will look elsewhere if he does agree to rejoin the club he represented between 2008 and 2010.

Sokratis has just six months left on his current deal and is free to negotiate with any European clubs over a Bosman move in the summer.

Fellow centre-backs Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz are in identical contractual situations, while Calum Chambers’ future is uncertain with the English defender just having recovered from a cruciate knee ligament injury which has ruled him out of action for over a year.