Arsenal preparing bid for Manolas

Arsenal want to strengthen their defence ahead of next season and are interested in signing Roma’s centre back Kostas Manolas. The 27-year-old, Greek defender is under contract with the Italian side until 2022 and has a £31million release clause.

Manolas, who has established himself as one of the best defenders in Europe, has made 206 appearances for the giallorossi since moving to the Italian capital from Olympiacos in 2014. Arsenal’s back-line turned out to be a weak point after they conceded 51 goals in the Premier League alone this season and Manolas would surely add steel to the side.