Source: Roma slaps €45M price tag on Arsenal target Kostas Manolas

Italian giant Roma has had its defense ravaged by injuries and is understandably hesitant to let the in-demand Greek international leave the club.

Roma has told interested clubs they will have to pay 45 million euros ($50M) to sign defender Kostas Manolas this summer, Goal UKunderstands.

The Greek center back has been courted by Premier League giants Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United over the past few weeks, although those clubs are yet to lodge an official bid for the highly rated 24-year-old.

Manolas, who replaced Medhi Benatia at the Stadio Olimpico after joining from Olympiacos last season, impressed with a series of confident performances in defense for Luciano Spalletti’s men domestically and in the Champions League.

With defender Antonio Rudiger currently on the treatment table after tearing cruciate ligaments in his right knee, Roma’s director of football Walter Sabatini has informed clubs interested in Manolas that they will have to pay a large fee for his services.

It means the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea will be forced to turn their attention to other targets including Kalidou Koulibaly, who has been heavily linked with Antonio Conte’s men throughout the summer transfer window.

Goal understands that a clause exists in Manolas’ contract that means Roma will come to owe 50 percent of his future transfer fee to Olympiacos, although that clause in question is negotiable and the Greek champions are likely to be forced to settle for a much lower figure.

Manolas has spent much of the summer on holiday in Greece but is said to be relaxed ahead of the new season, during which he looks set to become Roma’s main defensive lynchpin.

The original version of this story which was published by Serie A can be viewed here.

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