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Chelsea have reportedly seen an open bid for Kostas Manolas rejected by AS Roma his agent reveals.
The Blues decided to trigger the release clause in Manolas’ Roma contract in a bid to sign the Greece centre-back, according to reports. “Chelsea have interest in Manolas? I don’t know anything about this. I don’t want to talk about this at this moment in time. Manolas’ future with Roma? I don’t know, you will have to ask the club about this. Let’s see what Roma’s plans are for this upcoming season…”.
The Blues managerial problems have seen them slow this summer as they are yet to make any addition with their team compared to Arsenal, Manchester and Liverpool who have utilised the transfer window.
Who is Kostas Manolas?
Manolas began his career with Thrasyvoulos, making his debut as a 17-year-old in 2009. The central defender then joined AEK Athens that summer after being scouted by the club’s technical director and his uncle Stelios Manolas.
During his three years in the Greek capital, Manolas became a firm favourite with the club’s fans, and even once carried on playing in a game against rivals Olympiakos after breaking his cheekbone.
Despite forming a strong partnership at the back with experienced Greece international Traianos Dellas and helping AEK win the Greek Cup in 2011, the defender moved to Olympiakos on a free transfer in July 2012.
Style of Play
Manolas is a strong, powerful, all-round defender with pace to burn, qualities that would serve him well were he to play in the fast-paced Premier League. He also has a reputation as being one of the best markers in Serie A.
The Greek defender who scored four times in 44 appearances for club and country last season, is under contract with Roma until the summer of 2022.