Chelsea have held talks over the possibility of landing AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas this summer, with new Blues boss Antonio Conte wanting the former AEK Athens man to strengthen his backline.
That’s the word from Sky Sports, who say that Conte is an admirer of the Greece international and so wants to make him one of his first Chelsea signings.
Conte wants Manolas
Conte will officially assume control at Chelsea after his involvement with Italy at Euro 2016 is over. Talk has been rife regarding who he might try and bring with him to the club from Serie A, and it appears, at least if you believe reports, fans are one step closer to knowing the answer to that query.
At 24-years-of-age, and having impressed in Italy’s top flight, Manolas would make for a solid addition to Chelsea’s team, particularly with the long-serving John Terry set to wave farewell to the Blues when his contract runs out this summer.
Period of transition
Indeed, a period of change looks set to be thrust upon the west London giants. Conte is a reputable manager who will have his own ideas on what it will take to make Chelsea great again - part of that will inevitably be supplemented by his transfer plans.
The report from Sky states that the Blues have held talks with Roma over Manolas, though no figures are mentioned regarding how much he would cost.
Given that he’s an important player at his current club it makes sense to assume the sum would be fairly hefty, but that isn’t likely to put Roman Abramovich off.
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