Arsenal defender Sokratis Papasthathopoulos has an agreement in place to sign for Italian Serie A side Napoli but that’s dependent on one condition according to Corriere dello Sport.

The Gunners centre back will join Napoli if the Italians are able to sell Senegalese international Kalidou Koulibaly to Manchester City.

Kalidou Koulibaly is widely regarded as one of the best central defenders in European football and a lot of teams were keen to sign him in previous transfer windows but Napoli didn’t want to lose his services.

Napoli have made up their mind to sell the centre back but the interest in his services has waned in comparison to the other transfer markets.

Manchester City and Manchester United are the only clubs trying to sign him and the 29-year-old defender is not a priority for the latter.

Manchester United want to sign a centre back but they have more pressing positions to strengthen. The Red Devils have positions like left-back and right-wing forward to strengthen before thinking about the centre back position.

For Manchester City, they have not been able to find an agreement with Napoli. The two clubs have a transfer history after Napoli sold Chelsea midfielder to the Blues in 2018 despite having an agreement with Manchester City.

Sokratis Papasthathopoulos has less than a year on his Gunners contract and the North London giants will want to recoup some of the £17.6m spent on him.



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