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Today’s focus: Kostas Manolas.
Chelsea and Arsenal seem to be on the rout for same players this summer as they keep on battling for the first payment. This time the blues are ready to pay ahead of Arsenal for AS Roma Kostas Manolas £33.4 million release clause contract. TeamTalk.
Manolas is recognised one of the best centre backs in Europe. He made a move from Olympiacos to Roma in the year 2014, and had played there ever since. Manolas role in Roma is undisputable as his position had helped the Italian club reach the semi final in the European Champions League before losing out to Liverpool last season.
Following his trends of likes and favourites the Greek international has been loved by the Emirates and we would have expected his presence with them before now. Alas the presence of Emery as prompted the drive to fortify the Arsenal football team and Manolas is rather good pick for Unai Emery.
With Emery’s defence looking as empty as it can with likes of Per Mertesacker retired, Laurent Koscielny recovering from Achilles surgery and Calum Chambers on the verge of leaving the club, Emery is forced to make new centre back signings.
Fronting all these there’s still good news as the new add Sokratis Papastathopoulos is reported set to arrive Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund. If Emery gets to sign manolas before Chelsea then he would get to pair both international team mates.
However the Gunner’s face a rather keen competition as the blues show more interest in signing the Roma defender and strive even more to get Manolas over to Stanford Bridge.
Manolas how ever is Sarri (Chelsea’s replacement for Antonio Conte) most desperate transfer target. With such spirit only time can tell who will beat to the defenders signature first.