Konstantinos Mavropanos Completes Transfer to Arsenal from PAS Giannina

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: A general view of an Arsenal badge on the outside of the stadium ahead of the UEFA Champions League group A match between Arsenal FC and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad at the Emirates Stadium on October 19, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Arsenal have completed the signing of Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos on a three-year contract after moving from PAS Giannina. 

The Gunners confirmed the capture via the club's official website on Thursday.

Marcus Christenson and Antonis Oikonomidis of the Guardian reported the transfer is valued at £1.9 million, adding it's likely the 20-year-old will be loaned out, "possibly to a Bundesliga club."

Goal's Chris Wheatley also noted Olympiakos were interested in recruiting the youngster prior to confirmation of his north London move.

Greece under-21 coach Antonis Nikopolidis gave his opinion the player will come to thrive in the Premier League, per Christenson and Oikonomidis:

“He has a lot of potential. He is young and very strong. His physicality is a big asset and essential for him to be successful in the Premier League. He’s a player who is constantly developing, and he has made tremendous progress over the last few years.

“Apart from being very strong, he is also very effective in the air, relatively quick and a player with great personality. He is a work in progress and I am sure Arsenal will be able to develop him even more.”

Mavropanos enjoyed a breakout campaign in the Greek Super League this season, racking up 14 appearances in the competition for PAS Giannina, starting in all of those and scoring three goals in the process.

Mavropanos will hope to hone his craft in north London and follow in the footsteps of a figure such as compatriot Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who has established himself as a defensive star at Borussia Dortmund.

The Gunners already have several young options at centre-back including Rob Holding and Calum Chambers, both 22, as well as impressive academy player Julio Pleguezuelo, 20.

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