It’s becoming clear that Arsenal are operating a one in, one out system at the moment in terms of transfers, so the arrivals of Gabriel and Dani Ceballos did mean that players would need to leave.
Lucas Torreira is set to join Fiorentina on a loan with an obligation to buy once the loan deal for Ceballos is agreed, and now it looks like Sokratis could also be on his way to Serie A.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed they want to sign Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos – which could pave the way for Kalidou Koulibaly to join Manchester City.
Sokratis has just one year left on his contract at Arsenal, which is understood to be worth around £90,000-a-week.
The centre-back has slipped down the pecking order under head coach Mikel Arteta and as such he can leave this summer.
Napoli have been linked with the Greece international and now De Laurentiis has confirmed their interest.
“We are working on signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Arsenal, we consider it an option,” De Laurentiis is quoted as saying by IlNapoliOnline.com.
Reports in Italy added Napoli do not want to pay a fee for Sokratis, but they would instead cover the full cost of his £90,000-a-week wages.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal would accept such a deal, but should Sokratis leave it may allow Koulibaly to join Manchester City.