According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has accepted a proposal re-join Genoa.

It’s claimed that Genoa made a move to try and sign Shkodran Mustafi, but failed to lure the Gunners defender back to Italy.

Mustafi used to play for Genoa’s city rivals Sampdoria, and with his contract running down, he was targeted for a move – but that seemingly won’t be happening now.

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Instead, Genoa will be pushing to re-sign Arsenal teammate Sokratis, who has allegedly given the move the green light despite rival interest from Fenerbahce.

Sokratis is likely to sign a two-and-a-half year deal with Genoa, which would see him complete his return to the club he first joined in 2008.

Sokratis left AEK Athens for a move to Genoa, and two impressive years there earned him a move to AC Milan before then turning out for Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal.

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The 32-year-old hasn’t played a single first-team game this season having been exiled by Mikel Arteta, and I seems that a move to Italy will offer him an escape route.

Sokratis currently earns a huge £92,000-a-week according to Spotrac, and with his contract coming to an end this summer, Arsenal would no doubt love to see him move on early.

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