Arsenal close in on Greek youngster Mavropanos

Arsenal are closing in on the signing of centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina.

The 20-year-old broke into the Super League side’s first-team towards the end of the season before cementing his place in the starting XI this term, but has already attracted interest from Greek giants Olympiakos and the Premier League side.

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And it is the Gunners who are closest to signing him in the January transfer window due their new chief scout Sven Mislintat having close links with the player’s agent from his time at Borussia Dortmund.

Mislintat is expected to focus heavily on bringing the best young players to Arsenal and Mavropanos’ arrival is likely to see him immediately loaned out to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.

Mavropanos would follow his compatriots Panagiotis Retsos and Sokratis Papastathopoulos to Germany where the hope is that he develops into a ready-made Premier League player in the coming seasons.

The youngster underwent a medical in London on Tuesday and it’s expected that both Arsenal and PAS will agree on a fee in the region of £2million.