Roma and Napoli reach deal for Manolas
According to reports out of Italy, Kostas Manolas is close to a move to Napoli after Roma and Napoli reached a deal for the Greek defender.
All looks as if Kostas Manolas will be traveling south this off-season to wear the sky blue jersey of Napoli. According to Sky Sports Italia, Napoli and Roma have agreed to terms for the Greek defender’s transfer while Manolas has agreed to pen a five-year contract with Napoli with annual earnings of a whopping 4.5 million euros (plus bonuses).
The deal between Roma and Napoli closed at 34 million euros, totaling the buy-out clause amount set in Manolas’ contract. However, in the agreement between the two Italian sides, Roma will also purchase defensive midfielder Amadou Diawara - worth 18 million euros - from Napoli. Manolas is expected to sign his new deal in the coming days, or even hours, and end his five-year stay in the Italian capital.
Earlier today, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis stated “Manolas will make a great partner with Kalidou Koulibaly.”
The 28-year-old, who has attracted interest from Europe’s top clubs over the last few years, joined Roma in 2014 from Olympiacos and since then, made 208 appearances across all competitions, with eight goals scored and seven assists. Tranfsermarkt values Manolas at 45 million euros.