Chelsea target Kostas Manolas is reportedly keen to leave AS Roma.
The Blues had been linked with a summer swoop for the defender, and according to claims from Italy, he is looking to depart Stadio Olimpico in the near future.
Manolas is believed to have a release clause in his contract worth €36 million, and the Blues are among the teams who have been put on red alert.
It seems ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, the Greek defender is targeting pastures new. According to a report from Leggo, as cited by Calciomercato, he and Edin Dzeko are two Roma stars who are looking to move away from the club this summer.
Chelsea are set to face a two-window transfer ban after breaching UEFA regulations, but they have still been linked with moves for players in the current transfer window.
Manolas has been a key player for Roma over the years, but it appears his time in Italy could be coming to an end.
Why Manolas would be the ideal signing for Chelsea
Manolas has been a leader for Roma for several seasons now. This has been lacking in Chelsea’s defence for a while.
At just €36 million, Manolas represents excellent value for money. He would slot in perfectly.
Manolas is 27-years-old and in the prime of his career. Chelsea could do with his defensive qualities as they look to cement their place in the top four.
Manolas would be a clear upgrade on David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger. He’s a top-quality central defender.