Arsenal failed with a €40m (£35m) bid for Roma defender Kostas Manolas over the summer , according to the player’s agent John Evangelopoulos.
The Gunners have long been linked with a move for Manolas who has also reportedly attracted interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.
Evangelopoulos says that Arsenal wanted him last summer but that their bid was rejected by Roma who wanted more for the defender.
“Over the summer a proposal worth circa €40m was turned down from Arsenal for Kostas. Arsenal had already shown interest before, but then Roma’s demands were superior to the intentions of the English club,” he said via Football Italia.
Manolas’s future is once again the subject of speculation this January but Evangelopoulos is giving little away about any potential moves.
“There’s nothing more to it than what I tell the media, which is already frankly too much,” he added.
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“I think in the summer there probably will be something, if there is something. In general in the world of football as in life, it is difficult to make predictions.
“Kostas plays well and Roma are sustaining their objectives in Serie A and Europe. Manolas is at a very good age, he’s experienced and has the characteristics we all know.
“Kostas has the chance to play at a superior level and therefore I’ll say he won’t go to China. Football in Europe has so much more to offer than money, such as fame and recognition.”
“Faith in yourself is an important factor and Kostas has a lot of self-confidence. I can’t say where he wants to play, we’d have to see which clubs were interested.”
While Arsenal may have missed out on Manolas, the arrival of Shkodran Mustafi has been a huge boost with the Germany international adapting almost seamlessly to the Premier League and forging a great partnership with Laurent Koscielny.