It is not every day Arsenal beats the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United to a signing and this is why the Arsenal social media world is buzzing this afternoon as news emerged from Italy that Kostas Manolas has rejected the opportunity of playing for Chelsea in favour of a move to Arsenal.
Arsenal’s London rivals were said to be keen on signing the Greece international but the player reportedly told them he has accepted an offer to play for Arsenal and the Gunners and his current club AS Roma are working out a deal.
Football insider had earlier reported that Chelsea have dropped their interest in the player in favour of going for his team mate Radja Naigollan but with the new report, it appears Chelsea didn’t drop the interest in Manolas of their own accord, it is more like Manolas rejected them for Arsenal.
This news if true will be a massive boost to Arsenal’s shopping activities this summer. We absolutelt must sign another centre back especially as according to the Telegraph, Calum Chambers is on his way out of the club on loan.
And knowing Wenger, the reports are likely to be true. This is because the Frenchman hardly gives up on his targets. Manolas was linked with a move to Arsenal two years ago but Roma won the race because Arsenal did not want to agree to his then club Olympiakos’ transfer fee demands.