Roma defender Kostas Manolas has snubbed a potential move to the Premier League and is expected to sign a new contract at the club. The centre back was the subject of a bid from Arsenal in the summer but is now expected to stay in Italy (via ESPN).
It seems like a long time ago that Arsenal were scouring the transfer market for potential defensive signings. The arrival of Shkodran Mustafi put to bed some of the feeling of weakness at the back for The Gunners. The German moved from Valencia in the summer but he wasn’t the only player Arsene Wenger was courting. Roma defender Kostas Manolas was another but no deal could be worked out.
The centre back was also the subject of a bid from the London side but Roma were unwilling to discuss a potential transfer. Arsene Wenger and Arsenal retaliated by upping the price of a potential loan move for Jack Wilshere to the Italian outfit.
That transfer didn’t happen and it seems that a potential move for Manolas won’t happen either, for now at least. The Greek international is set to sign a new contract which would triple his wages at the Stadio Olimpico, according to Italian publication Il Tempo.
This would have been a far worse blow for Arsenal fans if the news had broken a few weeks ago. Manolas was high up on the list of potential targets but the arrival of Shkodran Mustafi has eased the need for defensive reinforcements.
That’s not to say that The Gunners won’t need another centre back in the coming years, they undoubtedly will. Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker are both past 30 and will need replacing soon. Manolas could become a target in the future and this new contract simply means that he will cost The Gunners a little more money.