AS Roma’s sporting director Monchi has revealed defender Kostas Manolas is not for sale this summer, reports talkSPORT. The 26-year-old looked set for a move to Russian Premier League side Zenit St Petersburg before the move broke down.
And with Arsenal and Chelsea linked with his signature, Monchi made the club’s stance clear, saying: “Manolas for sale? No, we are working to sign players, not sell them,” he told Mediaset Premium. “I spend all day with the players and can see they have faith in the coach and the system they are adopting.”
Arsenal do have a need for a centre-back, with Gabriel Paulista having been sold to Valencia, while Calum Chambers has struggled for first-team football, Per Mertesacker retires next summer and Rob Holding has been dropped. The Gunners are looking to sell before buying, however, so Chelsea stand a better chance at signing the Greek centre-back.
The Blues have allowed Kurt Zouma to join Stoke City on loan and John Terry join Aston Villa for free, so they need depth at the back. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly keen on the Roma defender, who last season made 33 Serie A appearances, and could make an approach before the transfer window comes to a close.