Juventus desperate to sign Kostas Manolas this summer

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Juventus are reportedly desperate to sign Kostas Manolas, the Greek defender who has been heavily linked with Arsenal in recent times.

This is according to reports from Italian publication Tuttosport brought to our attention by The Daily Star, which claim that the reigning Serie A champions have already offered three players - former Tottenham and Wigan defender Reto Ziegler, Frederik Sorensen and Marco Motta - as part of a potential deal for Manolas, but to no avail. 

The very same speculation suggests that Olympiacos are only interested in receiving money in exchange for the 23-year-old, yet Juve apparently could test test that resolve even further with another swap offer involving Manchester United target Angelo Ogbonna.

Impressive Manolas

23-year-old Manolas' stock appears to be very much on the rise, with his move to Karaiskakis Stadium from AEK Athens in 2012 having seen the rangy centre-back win consecutive Greek Superleague titles.

Manolas also performed well for his country at this summer's World Cup, with only an agonising penalty-shootout loss to surprise package Costa Rica preventing Greece from reaching the quarter-finals in Brazil.

A move to Juventus would surely appeal at this stage of his fledgling career, given that the Old Lady have dominated Italian football in recent years and obviously offer the very real chance to win further silverware at a higher level.

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Arsenal frustation

News of Juventus' firm interest in Manolas is likely to frustrate Arsenal and significantly complicate their own pursuit of his signature.

Reports that surfaced earlier this week suggested that the Gunners has opened preliminary talks with Olympiacos over a potential deal for £8 million-rated Manolas, with Arsene Wenger appearing to view him as a perfect replacement for Thomas Vermaelen, the former Arsenal captain who left the club over the weekend in order to complete a transfer to Catalan giants Barcelona.

Manchester United could also suffer as a result of Juventus' desire to land Manolas. Italian international Ogbonna - who himself only moved to Turin from Torino in 2013 - has been previously linked with the Red Devils since it became apparent that the club would require significant defensive strengthening following David Moyes' disastrous spell in charge at Old Trafford.

Whether Louis van Gaal is intent on following up such interest remains to be seen, as does Olympiacos' and Ogbonna's potential interest in any swap offer.

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