Euro Paper Talk: Arsenal to trigger release of Man Utd linked Roma star

Date published: Saturday 18th May 2019 1:29

Arsenal have joined the race to land a Roma star this summer, while Barcelona have concerns over Matthijs de Ligt, according to Saturday’s European papers.



Arsenal are ready to meet the £31m release clause of Roma defender Kostas Manolas in order to sign him this summer, a report claims.

Unai Emery is expected to try and reinforce his back line this summer, and Manolas could prove to be a good value-for-money option.

This is thanks to the €36m release clause in his contract, which – despite doubts over how much budget Arsenal will have – seems like a bargain price.

According to Rome-based newspaper Il Messaggero, the Gunner are ready to make an official bid to try lure Manolas to the Premier League.

Manchester United have also been heavily linked with a move for the Greece international as they look to address their own defensive frailties, while Juventus have been credited with interest.

Manolas is under contract until 2022, but if Roma fail to make the top four this season, he will be one of several big name players likely to be sold.

He has made more than 200 appearances for the side from the Italian capital, as well as being capped 39 times by Greece.



Neymar remains undecided on his future, but Real Madrid will not make a move for the star unless he makes the first move. (AS)

Barcelona are no closer to signing Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt than they were a month ago. (Mundo Deportivo)

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Italian champions Juventus have approached Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after Massimiliano Allegri’s impending departure was announced. (SNAI)

Liverpool are on the brink of signing Sporting Lisbon youngster Andre Cardoso. (Jornal Madeira)

Brazil right-back Dani Alves, 36, has stalled new contract talks with Paris St-Germain because he wants a move to the Premier League. (UOL Esporte)

The lawyer of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann is expected to meet Barcelona officials imminently to finalise a move for the France international. (Marca)

Atletico Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Rodri has a formal offer from Manchester City. (AS)

Leeds United are considering a move for French defender Yoann Barbet. (L’Equipe)


Arsenal want 18-year-olds Tyreece John-Jules and Xavier Amaechi to sign new contracts, amid interest in the English duo from Bayern Munich and other German clubs. (

Atletico Madrid want to add Marcos Llorente from Real Madrid, but los Blancos have told their rivals it will cost €50m. (AS)


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