Reports from Italy suggest that Premier League side Chelsea have joined Manchester United in the pursuit of this AS Roma defender.
Italian media outlet Calciomercato reports that Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United are set to battle it out for the signature of AS Roma’s Kostas Manolas. The 27-year-old, who scored the match-winning goal in the Italian side’s shocking comeback against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, is said to have a release clause of €40 million in his contract.
However, Giallorossi are hoping to tie down the Greek defender to a new contract that will also take out the release clause for the player.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is a long-term admirer of Manolas as the tactician targeted him even during his Napoli days. Although the Italian manager kept his trust in David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger after his arrival at the Stamford Bridge, the Blues are expected to sign a new centre-back without much delay. Especially with Gary Cahill set to leave the club, Chelsea are in need of a new defender.
Manchester United, on the other hand, has been on a desperate lookout for a new centre back. The Red Devils were heavily linked with Harry Maguire, Diego Godin and Toby Alderweireld this summer, but the Jose Mourinho-managed side failed to bring anyone in.
Manolas was signed by Roma from Greek side Olympiacos for a fee of €13 million in 2014. The 27-year-old has been a key figure in the Serie A team’s defence since his arrival four years ago.
The Greece international started Roma’s all three league games this season and even got his name on the scoresheet once.
Manolas has proven himself at the highest level and isn’t a bad candidate to play for teams like Chelsea or Manchester United at all. However, Roma will be hoping to keep hold of their star.