Arsenal Close In On Fifth Signing As Player Lands In London To Undergo Medical

By on August 20, 2014

The summer transfer window is now reaching its climax and managers are working hard to make some last minute additions to their squad, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Gooner Mac brings us news of Arsenal’s pursuit of Kostas Manolas.

Image: Express

Greek defender Kostas Manolas is in England and undergoing a medical with Arsenal ahead of a proposed £6million switch from Olympiakos, according to widespread reports.

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

Further reports suggested Wenger had stepped up his interest by opening formal talks with Olympiakos last week and it now appears we are closing in on the 23-year-old’s signature.

After Sky Sports had claimed Manolas had flown in to England to finalise a move to the Emirates, the Express are one of several newspapers who are reporting that the Greek international is now undergoing a medical in north London ahead of a £6m switch.

The news comes after Wenger confirmed last week that he was short at the back and would sign another centre-back if he can find the right player.

“Vermaelen behaved outstandingly last year – I am grateful for him and I wish him very well,”

“If I can find another centre-back I will do it.” Wenger is quoted as saying by the Express

It appears the Frenchman has now identified Manolas as the man he wants to strengthen his back-line and the youngster could now become our fifth major signing of the summer following the arrivals of Mathieu Debuchy, Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers and David Ospina.

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 bring him to the Emirates.

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If the move goes through as expected, Manolas will provide some much-needed depth to our centre-back position but he’ll face a stiff fight to break into the first team with the likes of Koscielny, Mertesacker and the impressive Chambers also vying for starting spots.

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39 Comments

  1. ovie okezi

    August 20, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I have always said arsenal(we) don’t have a striker,I can count player who are better than giroud in arsene squad in that position I.e poldoski, walcott even sanogo. Pls arsene we need a prolific striker in the class of benzema,remy and cavani not weak giroud who can’t deliver for a top team like arsenal if we really want the title.

  2. Liberty Eni

    August 21, 2014 at 5:50 am

    i think we ned a striker 2 produce d quality we deserve

  3. Jamescadar

    August 21, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Yes we have gud striker, i dunno y wenger still have faith in Giroud? Aganist basiktas, if we had brought in Cambel, we could have won. Giroud, when it comes to big teams he can’t deliver.

  4. jablade jamy

    August 21, 2014 at 7:52 am

    u cnt rely on d so called sanogos and girouds 4 goals. get a real striker

  5. Mata7

    August 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Wenger get a real striker, urgent!!!!!pls

  6. Deji

    August 21, 2014 at 9:34 am

    We need a complete striker

  7. athan

    August 21, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Arsene, you are becoming a Borden to Arsenal, selfishly stubborn, run arsenal like family business, Diaby and Geroud should leave arsenal, and for your information 80,million remain unspent, spent it, you salary concurs with other great coaches as such we can pay great players. stop been a witch to arsenal fans happiness, and Uk arsenal fans, it is time to wake up and protest, Lvpl man U cant take Wenger Nonsense!!

  8. j'joe

    August 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    asernal we need a new men 2 tand wth ozir and sanchez a men like cavan can make asernal 2 wean a bacrayse trophy also asernal we need a mediferda like khedira is the best men 4 asernal also men like leus cold bring same chaleng and make asernal player like arteta and cazola and make asernal become strong 2 wean a trophy asener wenga we need you voice in this men

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