An interesting bit of potential transfer news via talkSPORT this afternoon, and its Chelsea target and Roma defender Kostas Manolas that is once again in the headlines, but this time for signing a new, lucrative deal to remain in the Italian capital.
However, in a boost to Chelsea who have long been tipped as one of the top clubs interested in the Greek international, Manolas’s new deal at Roma comes with a very affordable £32.75m release clause. Even more of a boost is that the release clause is only eligible for non-Italian clubs – which would rule out the apparent interest of Serie A champions Juventus.
The new contract secures Roma’s position in the league, meaning they will not have to sell to any divisional rival, and the player is ultimately rewarded with a significant pay rise. However, the new deal and £32.75m release clause is unlikely to put off interest from London, with Arsenal also rumoured to be monitoring his situation.
Antonio Conte has been vocal that he wants to continue being give the licence to strengthen the champions in January and beyond – how likely it would be to see Chelsea move for Manolas in the new year is completely unknown, but contracts don’t mean anything like they used to do in football.