Somewhat a surprising transfer rumour appeared this week with British media reporting that Arsenal were set to sign a 20-year-old Greek centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Gianina.
The talented defender is said to be identified by the club’s new chief scout Sven Mislintat and Gunners decided to make a move and wrap a deal for Mavropanos on Wednesday for a fee believed to be in excess of $1.8 million.
Sven Mislintat is said to be directly responsible for the Mavropanos deal, due to his close links with the player’s agent from his time at Borussia Dortmund. Mislintat is expected to continue his mission at Arsenal by focusing heavily on finding the best young players for Arsenal.
Konstantinos Mavropanos broke into PAS Gianina’s first-team towards the end of last season and went on to cement his place in the Super League’s first team during the ongoing campaign.
His confident displays at the back have put him on the radar of Greek heavyweights Olympiakos and Arsenal who ended up winning the race for this talented youngster.
The deal for Mavropanos was speculated upon on Wednesday but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger went on to confirm the deal following his side’s 2-2 stalemate against Chelsea.
The Frenchman revealed the defender was north London-bound but revealed he won’t be joining the Gunners first team just yet.
“Yes [the signing is complete], but he’s not ready to play. He will go out on loan.” Arsene Wenger said.
Arsenal hope to see Mavropanos develop into a future Premier League star.