According to the Standard, Chelsea have been given a transfer boost to sign AS Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas after talks over a new contract deal collapsed.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is desperately chasing for a top-quality centre-half in January, even though the club have kept five consecutive clean sheets and have climbed to second in the Premier League table.
The 25-year-old Kostas Manolas was one of the players Antonio Conte was keen to sign last summer, only for AS Roma to make it clear he was not for sale.
The Blues have pursued other targets since then and have drawn up a short-list to pursue in the new year including AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli, Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, Burnley’s Michael Keane and another AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger.
However, the Greek star is back in their sights due to Roma’s failure to agree terms over a new contract deal. Manolas, whose current contract deal expires in 2019, is one of the club’s lowest paid players on less than £40,000-a-week.
The Greece international wants a pay-rise to take him to around £50,000-a-week, but the Italian giants are prepared to offer a maximum of only £41,000-a-week.
Alongside with Chelsea, other Premier League giants, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal are also keen for his signature.