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Kostas Manolas to Arsenal: £8m Olympiakos defender undergoes medical with Gunners - reports

Greek defender is seen as a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen

Greek defender Kostas Manolas is on the brink of an £8m move to Arsenal after undergoing a medical with the north London club, according to reports.

The Olympiakos centre-back is seen as a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen, who joined Barcelona for £15m last month.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed earlier this month that the Gunners were still looking to add another defender to their ranks before the transfer window closes on 1 September.

"Vermaelen behaved outstandingly last year - I am grateful for him and I wish him very well,” Wenger had said.

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“If I can find another centre-back I will do it."


The 23-year-old Manolas, who has also attracted the interest of Juventus, has won 13 caps for Greece.