Napoli 'working' on deal for Arsenal star

Serie A

Serie A giants Napoli have confirmed they are working on a deal to sign Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos for the upcoming season.

Sokratis has dropped down the pecking order since Mikel Arteta took over late in the season, while the club have also brought two defenders, William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes.

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As a result, the Greek defender is now looking elsewhere for regular football as Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed their interest.

"We're working on it," he told Radio Kiss Kiss.

"The transfer market is a laugh. In the world of football, balls swell out of proportion, it seems that you are talking to people who are blackmailers.

"They’re blackmailers, but I’ve got calluses in them, and I’m swimming in the s**t I move. I’d like to see how shameless they want to get."

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