As per Fabrizio Romano, West Ham are set to complete a deal for VfB Stuttgart defender Konstantinos Mavropanos.
The two sides are said to have exchanged all the final documents of the deal- which will see the player move to the London Stadium for an initial €20m fee, with a potential €5m, in add-ons- whilst 10% of the deal will go to the defender’s former club Arsenal.
Having made just seven Premier League appearances for the Gunners after signing in January 2018, the Greek international joined the German side on a two-year loan deal in the summer of 2020, before making the move permanent last year for €3.2m- a fee significantly less than his €15m market value, as estimated by Transfermarkt.
Standing at 6’4″ the 25-year-old has predominantly played as a right-centre back in a back three for Die Schwaben, and has been a pivotal figure in their side during his time there; impressing with his pro-active defensive style and excellent ability in 1v1 duels- both on the ground and in the air.
His influence has been most evident during the previous two seasons, where, in his 59 Bundesliga appearances, he scored six goals and assisted twice from defence and put in several impressive performances as he helped his side narrowly avoid relegation in both campaigns.
As they look to reinvest the £105m they received from London rivals Arsenal for the sale of Declan Rice, this deal will see The Hammers complete their third this summer, with Mavropanos set to join other new arrivals James-Ward Prowse and Edson Álvarez in David Moyes’ side- both of whom made their debut’s this Sunday, when West Ham secured a 3-1 home victory against London rivals Chelsea.
Travis Levison | Get Football