Inter to get ahead of Arsenal, Chelsea in €44m pursuit

Date published: Wednesday 8th February 2017 12:02

Kostas Manolas: Inter target

Inter Milan are ready to make Roma defender Kostas Manolas a big-money offer in the coming weeks, according to Calciomercato.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has suggested that Inter are serious about adding the Greek international to their squad and they will rival Arsenal and Chelsea for his signature.

The Nerazzurri would have made an offer in January had it not been for their FFP problems, which prevented them from making a big acquisition.

They will though pursue him in the “coming weeks” and plan to offer him a €4million a year salary, more than double the €1.8m he currently earns at the Stadio Olimpico.

Arsenal and Chelsea “sent feelers” to the Giallorossi on numerous occasions last summer and will be in the race this summer to land the 25-year-old.

That will most likely to be enough to lure the player to Milan, but they must also meet Roma’s asking price which is believed to be around  €44million.

Roma coach Luciano Spalletti recently hinted that they could be forced to sell if the offer was good enough: “He’s never asked to leave, but if a tangible offer were ever made it would be normal [for him] to have doubts.”

That stance has changed from last summer when Roma owner James Pallotta would not entertain the idea of selling the player.

Speaking in the Italian press in July, Pallotta said: “Why on earth would we let Manolas leave? He’s a big part of our plans.

“Both he, Juan Jesus and Nacho are experienced defenders who are going to help us. The team is working very hard for the Champions League play off stages.”

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