- Chelsea Fighting for Manolas -
Chelsea is determined to sign Greek defender, Kostas Manolas, by offering €32 million to Roma. According to gazzetta.gr, Manolas is up for a move to the English Premier League, but Roma will not negotiate under €40 million.
Chelsea and Arsenal expressed interest in Manolas earlier in the summer, but the Greek defender was close to signing a contract renewal with Roma which included an increase in pay. Talks between Roma and Manolas fell through after Manolas was dissatisfied with Roma’s offer. Since then, Chelsea offered Roma €32 million for Manolas’ transfer with Roma denying the offer. The Italian club will not negotiate under €40 million.
Roma wants to keep Manolas for one more season due to their deal with Olympiacos when Manolas was transferred in 2014. Olympiacos will receive 50% of Roma’s transfer fee if Manolas is sold this summer. This is something that Roma will try to avoid by keeping the player for one more season. Sabatini, the director of football at AS Roma, has said that Manolas will not be sold this summer for various reasons.
According to reports, Manolas wants to play in England but Roma’s stubborn stance has frustrated the player, affecting his attitude at practice.