The Arsenal centre-back is liked by Manuel Pellegrini and ‘Goal’ assures that the Greek is also convinced by the option, but they must balance the books before signing him.
With just 6 months in his contract left, Sokratis could leave Arsenal this January. He wants to play no matter what and Real Betis have joined the fight for his signature.
Betis have Genoa and Fenerbahçe as competitors. The latter seems the strongest option, but ‘Goal’ published on Monday that Betis interest the Greek CB a lot.
Playing in La Liga is already a good attraction for Sokratis, who at 32 years old basically wants to play. What happens is that economically, Betis can not undertake this deal at this time.
For that reason, the aforementioned media explain that the Betis board would have to make room in their wage bill, starting with the exit of Sidnei. In his case, it won’t be easy to find a club that takes on the whole of his substantial wage.
Moreover, even by making room in the defence, it would still take more to make Sokratis’ salary fit in economically. In this case, some possible sales are being handled, such as that of William Carvalho to Benfica.