Kostas Manolas looks close to joining Arsenal from Olympiacos, with reports suggesting that the Manchester United target is having medical with the Premier League club.
This information comes courtesy of Goal, who report that Arsenal have been told that it will cost £8 million to prise the talented young Greek international defender away from Karaiskakis Stadium this summer.
Arsene Wenger is known to be in the market for further defensive reinforcements prior to this month's deadline, with former captain Thomas Vermaelen's decision to depart the Emirates Stadium for Catalan giants Barcelona leaving the Frenchman somewhat short of cover at centre-back.
23-year-old Manolas - who joined reigning Superleague champions Olympiacos from rivals AEK Athens back in 2012 - appears to fit the bill as a decent replacement, with the player having built up a formidable reputation in Greece and having been suitably rewarded for his fine domestic form with 13 senior international caps.
Manolas featured for his country at the recent World Cup, appearing in all of Greece's matches in Brazil as they crashed out to surprise package Costa Rica on penalties in the round of 16 in Recife.
A total lack of experience for Manolas outside of his native Greece could be a legitimate cause for concern for Arsenal fans, although it is unlikely that he will be trusted to start for the Gunners in the short-term with Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Calum Chambers all available to Wenger.
Manchester United blow
News that Manolas is undertaking a medical in North London will presumably come as somewhat of a bitter blow to Manchester United and manager Louis van Gaal, with the Red Devils also having been credited with an interest in his services.
With the experienced duo of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic having left Old Trafford following the end of their respective contracts this summer, the Dutchman is desperately short of numbers in defence - something clearly demonstrated by the fact that Tyler Blackett was selected to make his Manchester United debut in Saturday's demoralising 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City.
With only two weeks of the transfer window remaining, the pressure is really mounting on Van Gaal and executive-vice chairman Ed Woodward to appease increasingly disgruntled supporters who are wary of the club repeating the same mistakes that were made in the transfer market under David Moyes.
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