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Borussia Dortmund have initiated contact with the agent of Arsenal target Abdou Diallo.
The Ruhr giants expect to cash in on experienced defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who has been reluctant to sign an extension to his contract which is due to expire in the summer of 2019.
Dortmund have taken an in interest in Mainz defender Diallo with the aim to sign him as a replacement for Sokratis.
Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the former Monaco man, who has impressed following a solid first season in the Bundesliga with Mainz.
Mainz have steadfastly refused to consider selling a player they dished out €5m to Monaco to sign just last summer, but Dortmund are very persistent and seem bent on getting approval from their fellow Bundesliga outfit.
And according to German publication Fussball Transfer, Dortmund have held talks with Diallo’s representatives.
It remains to be seen if Mainz will change their stance on Diallo, but Dortmund have also been linked with Wolfsburg youngster Felix Uduokhai as an alternative option.