Arsenal are ready to rival Chelsea in the battle for Serie A star

Arsene Wenger’s side are ready to rival Chelsea in the battle to sign Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas during the summer transfer window.

Greek star is rated as one of the top centre-backs in Serie A and has been in good form for Giallorossi this season, averaging 2 tackles, 1.7 interceptions, 4.5 clearances and 2.8 aerial duels per match.

The Express revealed earlier this month that the Greek international is a prime transfer target for incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, along with Roma team-mate Radja Nainggolan.

However, the latest reports – citing website Football Insider – claim Premier League rivals Arsenal are also in the mix to sign the 23-cap centre-half, who is valued at around £30million, during the coming transfer window.

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According to the reports from Britain, The north London Arsenal came close to signing Manolas from Olympiacos in summer 2013, but a deal collapsed at the last minute and he ended up sealing a transfer to the Stadio Olimpico instead.

Premier League giants Arsenal are now ready to revive their transfer interest, but defending champions Chelsea represent formidable competition for the defender’s signature – and his Roma contract doesn’t expire for another three years.

Manolas is one of the best defenders in Serie A and for sure either London clubs are ready to their best and convince Greek center-back to join Premier League.

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