Chelsea prepare bid for Roma defender

Date: 18th March 2016 at 10:49pm
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Juventus FC v AS Roma - Serie APremier League club Chelsea are considering an offer for Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas as they step up their search for club captain John Terry’s replacement.

Since transferring from Olympiacos in August 2014 for an estimated €15 million, the Greek international has been a standout figure in the Giallorossi defence and has caught the eye of the West London club.

According to The Sun, the Roman club have already turned down an offer of €33M for the 24-year-old and have informed their English counterparts that they would be willing to negotiate if they receive an offer in the region of €44M.

It isn’t the first time the former AEK Athens man has been the target of Premier League interest, with Roma initially beating Arsenal to his signature in 2014.

Both David Moyes and Jose Mourinho were also believed to have scouted the Greek defender during their respective coaching reigns at Manchester United and Chelsea.

However, with Manolas providing a strong figure at the back during his team’s current eight match winning streak in Serie A, the Giallorossi will not be convinced to let their key defensive asset go for anything less than their asking price.


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