Sokratis Papastathopoulos is now very close to becoming an Arsenal player, with reports throughout the day from Germany detailing the move closing in.

Arsenal have agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund, and that enables Sokratis to travel to England and go through his medical checks.

German newspaper Bild, who were the first with the story the defender was to sign for the Gunners, say he now just has to ‘survive’ the medical and then the deal is done.

The transfer fee will be about €19m and Sokratis will receive €5m a year after tax on a three season contract, something which Bild say doubles the wages he was on at Dortmund.

Greece national manager Michael Skibbe believes that Arsenal paying a ‘high fee’ shows the level of the player, telling Bild: “Sokratis can also assert himself at Arsenal. As with Dortmund and with us, where he was undisputed and is. That’s what the English will look for. Otherwise, they certainly wouldn’t pay such a high fee for him.”

The German newspaper say ‘Bye bye Papi’, and it’s clear they believe this Arsenal signing will be announced very soon indeed.