Wenger Wants To Wrap Up Signing Quickly After Opening Formal Talks Over €10m Deal

By on August 13, 2014

The summer transfer window is now well under way and managers are working hard to strengthen their squads ahead of next season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Gooner Mac brings us the latest on Arsenal’s move for Kostas Manolas.

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Arsenal have opened talks with Olympiakos over a potential deal for Greek international centre-back Kostas Manolas, according to reports.

Boss Arsene Wenger is on the look out for a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen after the Belgian’s move to Barcelona last weekend, and speculation on Tuesday claimed the Frenchman had short-listed Manolas as a potential target.

It seems Wenger has now decided to step up his interest in the 23-year-old as Goal are reporting that Arsenal have opened formal talks with Olympiakos over the defender’s signature as fears grow over the fitness of Laurent Koscielny.

The France international has a long-standing Achilles problem and he’s now emerged as a doubt for the opening few games of the new season after being taken off at half-time during Sunday’s Community Shield win over Man City.

Goal suggest that with Wenger concerned over Koscielny’s fitness, he’s now looking to wrap up a deal for another centre-back quickly and has been told by Olympiakos that it will take €10m (£8m) to land Manolas after opening preliminary talks with the Greek outfit.

Manolas enjoyed an excellent debut season following his free transfer move from AEK Athens last summer as he played a key role in helping Olympiakos cruise to the Greek Super League title.

He also played in the Champions League and was superb for Greece at the World Cup this summer, so I’m sure this top level experience has played an important role in Wenger’s decision to try and lure him to the Emirates.

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The news on Koscielny is certainly worrying as if he’s ruled out for any length of time, we’ll head into the new Premier League season, not to mention playing two vital Champions League play-of games against Besiktas, with just Calum Chambers and a half-fit Per Mertesacker to choose from in the middle of defence, so it’s crucial we bring in another option as soon as possible and Manolas would be an excellent addition to the squad.

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9 Comments

  1. Maroof

    August 13, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I like two se it in arsenal

  2. geekaybee

    August 13, 2014 at 11:01 am

    At the beginning of the transfer season most fans knew that we needed a tough midfielder, an extra centre back and sharp shooting extra centre forward. Now we are coming to the end of the transfer window all we need is DMF, a CB and a decisive hit-man…….What happened?

  3. Albarka

    August 13, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    we need dat very boy at Arsenal

  4. Kevin Weaver

    August 13, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Why did Wenger let Vermaelen leave before getting this deal done? If Koscielny is out and the transfer falls through the whole season could be put in jeopardy.

    • tristan

      August 14, 2014 at 6:44 am

      While I agree Wenger should have acted sooner to sort the centre back situation out, Keeping Vermaelen until we did is a mute point, he is injured and had no pre-seaon.
      I don’t think we will see a holding midfielder until the close of the window, if we see one at all. Arteta being made captain, Ramsey’s form and Wilshire and flamini in support Wenger may well think (rightly or wrongly) it’s not a pressing issue.
      As forward a CF. Wenger has already (a few weeks ago in fact) said that we are not in the market for more attackers. If one of Podolski or cazorla were to leave I could see us in the market, however I don’t see either leaving anytime soon.

  5. Audu

    August 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I wish ars d best of luck in the new season bt d sooneq wenger gets a dm,a cb & a cf d better 4 d club.Good luck gunners.

  6. Msugh theo

    August 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Asene wenger,try and wrap up that deal b4 it will be too late and will jeoperdise the whole situation.but He should have make done leting Thomas Vermelem.

  7. Kaseem ayinde

    August 14, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    We need tiote of newcastle b4 anything8-)

  8. Samuel olakunle

    August 16, 2014 at 8:51 am

    dat wil boost arsenal team & defence.

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