Liverpool given boost in pursuit of £35m-rated Serie A ace, club wants to sell overseas - reports
By Danny Wright
Liverpool’s hopes of signing Kostas Manolas have been boosted after Roma have decided they want to sell him to a foreign club, according to a report.
Calciomercato reports that the Serie A ace was wanted by Juventus but Roma do not want to sell him to a club in the same league.
It is reported that Juventus tried to sign the 25-year-old last summer but the Stadio Olimpico club decided to pull the plug on the deal as Miralem Pjanic was also joining the Old Lady.
They also reported that Arsenal had a £35million bid for the Greece international turned down in January.
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Manolas has been in the Italian capital since he moved from Olympiacos in August 2014 for just over £11million.
Since then, the centre-back has made 121 appearances for Roma in all competitions.
He also has 28 caps for the Greek national team after making his first appearances just over four years ago.
During his time in Greece, Manolas won two league titles with Olympiacos as well as two Greek Cups, one of which was lifted during his time at AEK Athens.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s abundantly clear that Jurgen Klopp has to make wholesale changes to his defensive line this season. Manolas has been impressive in his time at Roma and he would definitely make a top-quality addition to a back line that has been graced with the underwhelming performances of Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren. Roma are a team in a similar mould to Liverpool as they’re a big club that are just shy of doing enough to get where their fans expect them, so this could prepare Manolas for life on Merseyside. Chelsea and United have been looking at more expensive targets for the summer, while Manolas is perhaps the best that Liverpool can ultimately hope for.
In other Liverpool news, the club are braced for an offer after a rivals plot a £50million bid.