Keen to make the leap from Germany's Bundesliga to the Premier League quickly, Sokratis jumped at the opportunity to become Unai Emery's first signing as Arsenal boss.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos' father has revealed that the Borussia Dortmund centre back turned down an offer from Manchester United this summer, ahead of his son's move to Arsenal being confirmed in the coming days.
"There was interest from United but he had to wait until July for them", Charalambos said.
"There was interest from Manchester United but for July, he had to wait until July for United", Sokratis' father told Greek radio station Radio 24/7 88.6 (via Daily Star).
It is unclear if Dortmund might put the brakes on Sokratis' proposed move to Arsenal if they can not sign a replacement for the centre-back. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.
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"Arsenal had talked [with Papastathopoulos] two years ago, but I do not know why the deal did not work then".
Sokratis has scored 10 goals in 198 appearances in all competitions during a five-season spell at Borussia Dortmund.
"[Sokratis] is happy, he is in England at the moment and [on Tuesday] he will do what he has to do".
"I think he is going to a higher level".
Sokratis is likely to be followed into the Gunners by free agent defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, with £35m man Caglar Soyuncu also on the hit list.