Arsenal are set to miss out on Olympiacos star Kostas Manolas after negotiations over an £8 million deal collapsed, reports Goal.
Arsene Wenger told the Greek champions he would not go any higher than that £8 million. That fee seemed to satisfy Olympiacos, but they pulled out of the deal after AS Roma bid £10.3 million.
Olympiacos accepted the offer from Rudi Garcia, and have told Arsenal officials that they will not negotiate with them unless they match the offer. The Rome-based outfit have also inked out a lucrative five-year contract to lure Manolas to the Stadio Olimpico.
AS Roma have moved quickly to try and snatch the 23-year-old from under Arsenal's noses as Mehdi Benatia closes in on a £30 million move to Bayern Munich. Benatia's departure means Roma are probably offering Manolas guarantees over first team football as well.
Arsenal move on
Instead of matching AS Roma's bid, Arsenal boss Wenger is starting to look towards alternative additions as he seeks a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian left for Barcelona earlier this summer, leaving Arsenal with just two recognised centre-backs in Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
According to the same report, Arsenal have made contact with West Ham over a potential move for Winston Reid while Matija Nastasic is also on Wenger's radar. There is also the possibility that now centre-backs will come in after Calum Chambers's impressive performances so far this season.
Champions League showdown
Arsenal's participation in the closing stages of the transfer window will rely on their Champions League qualification. Besiktas travel to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night in crunch qualifying tie. A win guarantees Arsenal around £25 million in revenue.
Manchester United miss out
Arsenal are not the only team to bemoan AS Roma's late offer. Manchester United were also reported to be monitoring the situation as Louis van Gaal seeks defensive reinforcements.
Marcos Rojo has been brought in since the original reports surfaced, but Manchester United still appear short at the back even with the Argentinian in the ranks. Chris Smalling is the latest casualty of an early season crisis at Old Trafford.
As a result, Van Gaal was forced to play both Tyler Blackett and Michael Keane at the back against Sunderland. The two players had under 5 Premier League appearances between them.