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Released Arsenal defender Sokratis in Lazio talks

Released Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is in advanced talks with Lazio.

Gazzetta dello Sport says Lazio are in pole position to secure his signature.

Lazio are in need of a defender with Luiz Felipe ruled out for two months after having surgery on an ankle injury.

However, a deal for Sokratis may be complicated by his wage and contract demands.

The centre back wants a two-year deal worth £1.78million-per-year.

Arsenal were keen to get the defender's wages off their books after he was left out of Mikel Arteta's Premier League and Europa League squads.

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