Man City linked with €35m Roma defender


Dan Burke

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Manchester City are the club “most interested” in signing Roma defender Kostas Manolas this summer, according to reports in Italy.

With captain Vincent Kompany leaving the club at the end of the season and Nicolás Otamendi likely to follow the Belgian, the Premier League champions are expected to be in the market for at least one new central defender this summer.

And Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport report on Monday that City could sign Manolas, who has a €35m release clause.

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Roma reportedly need to raise €45m in player sales before the end of the month, and parting with Greek international Manolas would go a long way towards meeting that target.

Corriere dello Sport claim Juventus are also interested in the 27-year-old, who has been heavily linked with City’s fierce local rivals Manchester United in the past.

Manolas joined Roma from Olympiacos in 2014 and has since scored eight goals in 206 appearances for the Giallorossi, the most famous of which was probably his winner against Barcelona in the 2018 Champions League quarter-final.

The defender’s agent claimed City – along with United and Chelsea – were interested in him way back in the summer of 2016, but this is the first time the rumour he re-emerged since then.