Arsenal make opening £12.5 million offer for World Cup defender

Borussia Dortmund fans

According to the latest Arsenal transfer news, Arsene Wenger has re-entered the market for a Borussia Dortmund centre back.

Arsenal's chances of recruiting a tertiary choice centre back, to replace Thomas Vermaelen who transferred to Barcelona earlier in the summer, have increased this morning, Thursday.

Journalist Gianluca di Marzio has revealed that Arsene Wenger has used the transfer fee the club stand to receive from Barcelona over the Belgian international to help fund the £12.5 million offer for Borussia Dortmund centre back Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Papastathopoulos - who made four World Cup appearances for Greece in the 2014 World Cup - returned 35 interceptions, 73 tackles and 131 clearances from 24 Bundesliga starts for BvB last year and may be favoured for his ball-playing ability as he has an 82% passing accuracy, with a 55 passes per game average.

Dortmund may reject Arsenal's overtures, di Marzio writes, as the German outfit want to attempt to double the transfer fee they stand to receive. The Gunners could negotiate the deal, with various add-ons included at the negotiation table.

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Arsenal have a distinct lack of cover in defensive positions, with teenage prospect Calum Chambers providing cover for Mathieu Debuchy at right back, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny at centre back and Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta in deep midfield roles.

Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Toby Alderweireld.

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