Arsenal have rejected overtures from Paris St. Germain about a loan move for Sokratis, according to French outlet Telefoot. A second report had PSG looking for a free transfer for the defender. The Gunners apparently wanted a full sale or nothing at all. The centerback has been in the shop window for a while and linked with a number of different moves, most recently one to Roma earlier today.
It’s unclear how accurate any of the reports are. Telefoot is hit and miss with its stuff, and the link to Italy was sourced to “a member of [Sokratis’] entourage” by John Solano, a Roma beat reporter.
I’m scratching my head at this one, that is if the rumors are true and the interest is out there. Even if Arsenal don’t get a loan fee for Sokratis, getting his wages off the books would be a good thing. I get rejecting an inquiry for a free transfer, however. Giving players away just so that you don’t have to pay them seems like not the best idea, except for maybe Mesut Ozil.
Sokratis is not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans — he only made two appearances during the restart, and both were time-wasting substitutions in injury time. He is out of contract at the end of the season. I doubt we see much of him in an Arsenal shirt this year should he remain in North London.