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Saturday January 23 2021
Sokratis snubs Lazio for Olympiacos

Former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos had been heavily linked with Lazio and Genoa, but it’s now reported he’s going to Olympiacos.

He is a free agent after terminating his contract with the Gunners six months early.

While a return to his old club Genoa had been floated, Lazio seemed a very likely destination just this morning.

However, a few hours later, reports from Greece emerged that Sokratis was heading home to Olympiacos.

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Saturday January 23 2021
Inzaghi concedes Lazio must change

Simone Inzaghi concedes Lazio are seeking a new defender and will have to change without Luis Alberto as they take on ‘fearsome’ Sassuolo.

It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“I am torn, because we’ve been coming off a good run of victories, but there are also the unpredictable events in football, such as losing Luiz Felipe and Luis Alberto,” said the coach in his press conference.

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Saturday January 23 2021
Sokratis set for Lazio transfer

Sokratis Papastathopoulos is expected to sign for Lazio as a free agent after his Arsenal contract was terminated.

The defender had also been linked with a return to his old club Genoa, but the Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia now claim Lazio have secured a deal.

The Greek international had six months left on his Arsenal contract, but rather than negotiate a transfer fee, the Gunners decided it was better to simply terminate it early by mutual consent and allow him to find his next club.

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Saturday January 9 2021
Genoa on Strootman and Sokratis

Genoa director Alessandro Zarbano won’t deny talks for Marseille midfielder Kevin Strootman and Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The pair have been heavily linked with loan moves in the January transfer window, with a medical expected for Strootman possibly over the weekend.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, director Zarbano was asked if Strootman and Sokratis will arrive within days.

“They are two very good players, I don’t know if they’ll necessarily arrive within days,” he replied.

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Saturday January 9 2021
Genoa hand Sokratis an ultimatum

Genoa have reportedly informed Arsenal’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos they will sign another defender if he doesn’t make a final decision on his future by the end of the week.

The Greece international has emerged as a top transfer target for Genoa who seek to reinforce their defensive department in January.

Papastathopoulos is also being linked with a move to Fenerbache in the winter transfer window.

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Thursday January 7 2021
Sokratis prefers Genoa to Fenerbahce

Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is leaning more towards a return to Genoa than a move to Fenerbahce, claim Sky Sport Italia.

Multiple sources over the last few days have pointed to negotiations with the Gunners for the Greek international, especially after Lazio option Denis Vavro disappointed in his medical.

According to Sky Sport Italia this evening, if the financial offers on the table are similar, then Sokratis would prefer Genoa to Fenerbahce.

He already knows the club well, having played for the Grifone from 2008 to 2010.

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Tuesday January 5 2021
Genoa drop Vavro, call Sokratis

Genoa have definitively abandoned their bid for Lazio defender Denis Vavro, as the results of his medical were not encouraging, turning to Sokratis Papastathopoulos instead.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the deal has been dropped entirely now after several days of increasing concerns about his fitness levels.

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Tuesday January 5 2021
Genoa want Sokratis reunion

Genoa are seeking a reunion with Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, claim Tuttomercatoweb.

The Grifone are already diving into the past following the return of coach Davide Ballardini for his fourth different stint at the club.

Papastathopoulos also played for Genoa from 2008-10 before moving on to Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund and since 2018 has been on the Arsenal books.

However, his contract expires in June and he is not even on the Premier League squad list this season.

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Thursday September 10 2020
Gazzetta: Koulibaly to Man City close

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Manchester City are prepared to raise their Kalidou Koulibaly offer to €70m plus bonuses, which Napoli would accept.

The negotiations have been slower than expected because of the frosty rapport between the two clubs, going back to the failed Jorginho transfer a couple of years ago.

They are communicating entirely via intermediaries such as Fali Ramadani to work out the terms.

Napoli dropped the original €90m asking price and Manchester City are raising theirs from €65m plus bonuses.

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Saturday September 5 2020
Karnezis on Ospina, Meret and Sokratis

Orestis Karnezis explains why David Ospina is preferred to Alex Meret and backs Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos to do well at Napoli.

The veteran goalkeeper completed his transfer to Lille yesterday, as part of the deal that took Victor Osimhen to the Stadio San Paolo.

“I had two unforgettable years with Napoli, we won the Coppa Italia and we’ll remember that night forever,” he told Radio Marte.

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