Arsenal want Greek star Kostas Manolas to replace Thomas Vermaelen

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Arsenal are keen to bring in Greek World Cup defender Kostas Manolas as they look for possible replacements for club captain Thomas Vermaelen.

Belgian defender Vermaelen has been strongly linked with a move to Premier League rivals Manchester United and according to The Metro, Manolas is the man being earmarked by Arsene Wenger.

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Defensive targets

Having already lost right back Bacary Sagna to Manchester City, and with Vermaelen constantly being linked with Manchester United, Wenger knows he needs to strengthen his defence.

The departure of Vermaelen would leave just Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as experienced central defenders, and Manolas could be just the man to compete for a place in the back four.

The Olympiacos man impressed at this summer's World Cup with some strong performances at the heart of the defence though he could not prevent Greece being eliminated by Costa Rica at the round of 16.


At just 23 Manolas is relatively young for a central defender but after two seasons with Olympiacos he has plenty of experience of lifting trophies having won the Greek league title twice.

That title success has lead to him playing Champions League football and he was part of the team that beat Manchester United 2-0 in the knock-out stages of the competition last season.

The Metro claim the tough defender could be Arsenal's for just £8million, but Serie A champions Juventus are expected to compete for his signing.

Should Manolas move to the Emirates he could link up with another World Cup star after Mathieu Debuchy confirmed he'd be swapping Newcastle for north London this summer.

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