Arsenal, a side that used to hold enviable defensive records because of its knack for solid defenders have however been poor defensively this term. Just like they have been offensively. Amongst the top-four clubs on the log, the Gunners have scored less goals, and conceded most goals. Not a stuff champions are made of. Wenger isn’t happy with these statistics, and he wants to see it change next season; especially the defensive record. To that effect, the club have set eyes on one of Serie A’s standout defender this season, AS Roma’s Kostas Manolas for a Summer move to the Emirates.
However, as reported by The Sun, they face very stiff competition from Chelsea for his services, while Manchester United are also said to be keeping tabs on the versatile Greece international defender. The 24-year-old was inches away from completing an Arsenal move 2 Summers ago, but Roma made a last-minute move to retain him by quickly offering him an improved contract. Incoming Chelsea handler will most likely be the reason this time around if the very-good-in-the-air central back snubs Arsenal. Conte has already met with Manolas representatives, but he has seen a 26-million-Pound bid for his services rejected by Roma last month, as reported by The Sun.
The former Olympiakos defender will only be sold for 35 million Pounds. And per adventure Manchester United, another side linked with him also decide to make a move with the same amount, a Champions League place ahead of next season could put them in pole position to land him. But with the current standings, Arsenal have a better chance of winning the 3-way battle as they are almost guaranteed of yet another place in the European competition next season. Kostas Manolas is an upgrade on the current crop of Arsenal central defenders, and will definitely be a very great asset if signed.