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Arsenal do not seem very active in the winter transfer window but reports suggest that they are planning to seriously reinforce their squad next summer.
Currently, the Gunners are fourth in the table, eight points behind league leaders Chelsea and must strengthen their team this month to have any chance of winning the title.
Nevertheless, reports in the Italian media (Corriere della Sera) claim that Arsenal are ready to launch the assault and sign Kostas Manolas next summer and Manchester United are planning to do the same.
The Sun recently reported that AS Roma rate the center half around £52million. This means that the Gunners may have to break their transfer record to hire the services of the 25-year-old Greek defender. The question is, do Arsenal need him?
Wenger has been looking to sign the former Olympiacos star for a long time now. Last summer, Arsenal were heavily linked with a move to lure Manolas but failed and eventually secured the signing of German star Mustafi.
Kostas is arguably the best defender in the Serie A and therefore Roma would not like to lose him. As far as Arsenal are concerned, their central defense is strong at the moment with Koscielny and Mustafi as the first choice pair.
On the other hand, they have players like Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertesacker to provide cover as well. However, the duo are past their best and Holding is inexperienced. In such a scenario, Wenger must splash the cash to strengthen the back line.