London Football News

Paper round-up: Papastathopoulos ‘deal agreed’ and Spurs duo tipped to sign contracts

Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The Daily Telegraph say Arsenal will pay £16m for the Greek defender and that his arrival will not be officially announced until next month.

Sokratis, who is 29 and has a year left on his Dortmund contract, has made 79 appearances for his country.

Meanwhile, The Daily Mirror say both Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen are set to follow Harry Kane in signing new contracts at Tottenham.

Crystal Palace are considering a move for Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong, the Daily Express say.

Palace director of football Dougie Freedman is said to be a big fan of the Scotland international, who has a year remaining on his contract and has been negotiating a new deal at Parkhead.

The Express say those negotiations have stalled and that Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers wants Armstrong’s future to be resolved sooner rather than later.

And Roman Abramovich has rejected an approach to sell Chelsea to Britain’s richest person, according to the Daily Mail.

Jim Ratcliffe, the billionaire boss of multinational petrochemicals giant Ineos, reportedly expressed an interest in buying the club amid speculation that Abramovich could be willing to sell.

The Mail reports that Ratcliffe’s advances were rejected and that Abramovich made it clear he has no intention of abandoning Chelsea despite his recent decision to shelve the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge after problems obtaining a UK visa from the Home Office.

The Mail also believe Ratcliffe’s is among a number of approaches that have been rejected, including from China.

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