Arsenal told to pay £37m for 24-year-old two years after deal to sign him collapsed - report
By Amir Mir
Roma have slapped a £37 million price tag on defender Kostas Manolas amid interest from Arsenal, according to a report.
Goal are reporting that the Italian club have put a hefty sum on their centre-back as Premier League trio Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea show interest in the highly rated youngster.
It is said Roma have put a high price on their player as interest is gathering for him, but no approach has been made as of yet.
Football Insider revealed in April that Arsenal were eyeing Manolas two years after a deal to sign him collapsed.
Arsene Wenger’s side conceded 36 goals during the last campaign, which saw them fail to clinch yet another league title.
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Defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka has already made a £30million switch from German side Borussia Monchengladbach as Wenger looks to add depth to his defensive line, after the retirement of Mikel Arteta and the release of Tomáš Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini.
The Greece centre-half replaced Bayern Munich bound Medhi Benatia at the heart of the Roma defence when he joined from his home country of Olympiacos in the summer of 2014. He has since been a regular feature for the club making 67 appearances to date.
The 24-year-old put in impressive performances in Serie A and the Champions League last season as the European big boys began paying attention to his work.
The Italian club’s defence has been ravaged with injuries as fellow defender Antonio Rudiger is out of action, which has forced sporting director Walter Sabatini to put a hefty sum on the Italian-based defender to put off any potential buyers.
Goal also report that a clause exists in the defenders contract which states that Roma will owe his former club Olympiacos, 50 per cent of his future transfer fees, although this has been disputed.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Arsene Wenger is in pole position to sign a highly rated Italian-based striker who is attracting interest from across Europe.