Sokratis Papastathopoulos is a name you have to Google just to spell.
The 29 year old Greek centre back has been heavily linked with Arsenal this morning. And we can reveal some interesting links that could show a path to the future.
Arsenal were first linked with the Borussia Dortmund centre back in 2013 when he was at Werder Bremen. In May 2013, the eve of the 2013 Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, Papastathopoulos completed a €9.5 million transfer to Dortmund.
In charge of his recruitment was Sven Mislintat, who is now Arsenal’s Head of Recruitment.
Three years before joining Dortmund, Papastathopoulos joined AC Milan for €14 million. He was the Italian clubs first signing under new manager Massimiliano Allegri.
It all fits together rather nicely.