Olympiacos manager Michel believes Kostas Manolas has allowed talks of a move to Arsenal to affect his preparation for the new season.
Manolas has been strongly linked with a move to the Gunners in recent weeks while Manchester United are also believed to be keeping tabs. Michel think Manolas has lost concentration and needs to refocus in case the deal falls through.
Wishing him well
However, it appears even the Spanish manager is preparing to say his goodbyes to the centre-back as he wished Minolas well for the future in the same interview.
He told Greek publication Filathlos: “There are still 15 days and we all know a lot can happen. With Manolas, he loves the club but has lost concentration on the issue of his transfer.
"This situation does not help anyone – neither the club nor the player. I repeat, Kostas must refocus the love he has for the club. There is no reason why he could not eventually stay and he’ll need proper preparation. On a personal level, I wish him all the best.”
The 23-year-old came to prominence whilst playing for Greece at this summer's World Cup, impressing during his country's run to the second round. He obviously caught Arsene Wenger's eye and the Arsenal boss seems to have chosen him as a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen.
Vermaelen quit the club to link up with Barcelona, leaving just two recognised centre-backs at the club in Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. Calum Chambers has impressed in the position since joining from Southampton, but Wenger has earmarked the 19-year-old as a future midfielder.
The quotes from the Olympiacos manager follow reports that Arsenal have completed medical checks with the Greek defender. While a fee seems yet to be agreed, the £8 million quoted to Arsenal should cause no issues with Wenger, meaning a deal could be close.
The transfer would be Arsenal's fifth signing of the summer after Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and the aforementioned Chambers.
Manchester United interest
If Arsenal secure the signing of Manoles, it would be a further blow for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who had expressed an interest in signing the player earlier this summer.
With just weeks left in the transfer market, Manchester United need at least one new centre-back and two if Van Gaal wants to persist with his 3-5-2 formation. While a deal for Mehdi Benatia and Marcos Rojo look more likely, Manolas would have been a cheaper option for the Dutchman.
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