Arsenal joined by Juventus in transfer race for Roma defender Manolas ‘with both willing to activate £31m release clause’

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ARSENAL face competition from Juventus for Roma defender Kostas Manolas.

And both clubs are willing to meet his £31m release clause in order to try and land the Greek star, according to Il Messaggero.

Arsenal joined by Juventus in transfer race for Roma defender Manolas ‘with both willing to activate £31m release clause’Reuters1 Roma defender Kostas Manolas will have his choice of Arsenal or Juventus this summer

The 27-year-old could be set to end his five-year love affair with the Serie A outfit.

And it looks like the centre-back will have his choice of both the Gunners or the Italian champions when he comes to deciding his future.

Manolas is available this summer after Roma’s likely failure to secure a top-four finish.

Although still mathematically possible, the Giallorossi need an unlikely set of results to swing a large goal difference back in their favour during next weekend’s final round of top-flight matches.

The stalwart has been linked with a move away from Roma for several years but has remained loyal.

But with a lack of Champions League football to look forward to, he is finally set to depart the Stadio Olimpico.

As reported last week, Arsenal appeared to be leading the chase for Manolas.

Unai Emery is desperate to bolster his backline and wants to partner the Roma player with his fellow countryman Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Now today’s report means they face stiff competition to bring him to England.

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The one advantage they have over the Scudetto winners’ is the promise of regular football.

Juventus already have a stacked line-up when it comes to defenders, and Manolas would likely be used by whoever replaces Max Allegri as part of a squad rotation policy.

And that could help swing it in the favour of the Gunners.

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