Premier League champions Chelsea have suffered a major transfer blow after it was officially revealed on Saturday that their reported transfer target Kostas Manolas has signed a new deal with Serie A side AS Roma.
Manolas, 26, has sealed himself as a key member for the side since joining from Olympiacos back in 2014, playing 143 matches for the Italian Serie A side as he has been a prominent figure in keeping the side in the top three.
However, as reported by The Sun, the West London giants had held an interest in signing him, while it was also claimed that City rivals Arsenal were also previously keen also.
It’s claimed in that report that Kostas Manolas could have a £32.5m buyout clause included in his latest contract, but no such buyout clause has been talked about as AS Roma made the contract renewal news official on Saturday afternoon via twitter.
The Greek has committed himself to the Capital City club until 2022, and so it will surely make things tough for any suitor to prise the player away now.
Having brought in Rudiger from Roma last summer, it looks to make no sense for the blues to pay heavily for him, although with Brazil international defender David Luiz and club captain Gary Cahill clocking 30, perhaps the club need longer-term replacements and Kostas Manolas would fit into Conte’s requirement.