Man City aiming to beat Arsenal to Roma defender Kostas Manolas

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Jun 2019 7:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link68Shares Kostas Manolas has attracted a lot of Premier League attention (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester City are looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of Roma defender Kostas Manolas as they look for a replacement for the outgoing Vincent Kompany.The Greek centre-back has a contract with Roma until 2022, but is expected to move on this summer, even telling reporters after the final game of the Serie A season: ‘I don’t know if I’ll stay here.’The 27-year-old has a relatively affordable release clause, by modern standards, of £32m, which has attracted the attention of numerous big clubs around Europe.Italian publication Corriere dello Sport report that Man City are the latest club to show an interest in Manolas, joining the likes of Arsenal and Juventus in the hunt for his signature.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners have been linked with the Greek for longer than their Premier League rivals, but City are now reported to be ‘the most interested English club.’ Man City aiming to beat Arsenal to Roma defender Kostas Manolas Advertisement Comment Manolas in action against Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale in the Champions League (Picture: Getty Images)The imposing centre-back arrived in Rome from Olympiacos in 2014 for around £13m and has been a regular in the first team since then, making over 200 appearances for the Serie A side.He has not won anything in his time in Italy, but did claim two Greek league titles during his time with Olympiacos.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCity have lost at the end of his contract as he returns to be player-manager of Anderlecht in Belgium.While they still have John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Nicolas Otamendi at centre-back, Pep Guardiola is thought to want to add another option to his squad this summer.Arsenal are expected to sign at least one central defender as they look to improve on the error-prone options they have in that area, although Unai Emery’s funds are limited this summer due to the failure to qualify for the Champions League.The Gunners will face a tough battle with City if both try and tempt the Greek to the Premier League, although the Londoners will be able to offer him guaranteed first team football, which the champions will not be able to.MORE: Jordan Veretout’s agent gives Arsenal hope over summer transfer moveMORE: Sampdoria demanding £49m for Arsenal transfer targets Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet Advertisementlast_img