Reports were rife that Chelsea were looking to acquire Greek defender Kostas Manolas from Roma, with suggestions that a bid has also been tabled by the Stamford Bridge outfit. However, Roma sporting director Monchi has quashed rumors of an offer for Manolas.
The Greece international has been a reported target of Chelsea and Arsenal, and was even close to a move to Zenit St. Petersburg before the move fell through. Earlier reports noted that Chelsea had triggered the defender’s release clause with a bid of £38 million but Monchi has dismissed the reports.
“He’s happy with the team and wants to stay,” Monchi said.
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“I’ve read that Chelsea want to pay the buyout clause, but I haven’t heard anything. I feel calm.
“I’ve spoken to Kostas three or four times, he enjoys my job and might make a decent director of football himself.”
Manolas joined Roma from Olympiacos in 2014 in a €15 million deal and has since carved a niche for himself as one of the established and highly sought after defenders in Europe. It can be recalled that his goal knocked Barcelona out in the quarter finals of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League.