Kostas Manolas to Arsenal: Greece defender set to join Roma
Arsene Wenger had reportedly been keen on the centre-back
Arsenal's reported interest in Greek defender Kostas Manolas looks to be over.
Arsene Wenger stated following the departure of Thomas Vermaelen that he was keen to bring in a new centre-back and it seemed that Manolas would be the object of those desires.
However, the Greece international appears to be on the verge of joining Roma.
Media reports in Italy claim the 23-year-old centre-back arrived in Rome's Fiumincino airport from Athens on Tuesday morning and will undergo a medical later in the day.
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Roma have reportedly agreed with Olympiacos a £10.4m transfer fee for the highly-rated defender, who still has two years left in his contract with the Greek giants.
Manolas, who played four games at the World Cup for Greece this summer, attracted the attention of various clubs this summer following a solid 2013-14 campaign with Olympiacos.
He made 25 league appearances last season and scored three goals while he also featured in seven Champions League games for the Piraeus-based club.
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