Chelsea ready to trigger the release clause for Roma star

The player is also seriously considering accepting their offer

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Chelsea are expected to overhaul their side this summer after an underwhelming Premier League and Champions League campaigns last season. They finished 5th in the league and will miss the Champions League in the upcoming season.

The Blues ended the campaign on a bright note after defeating Manchester United in the FA Cup final but the club would like to add reinforcements in key areas in order to strengthen the squad for next season.

Antonio Conte’s future is still uncertain but the Premier League giants are looking to secure new signings as they want to complete the deals as soon as possible.

One of their priorities is to bolster their defense in the transfer window as their backline struggled the most last term and have been linked to host of defenders.

Chelsea have informed AS Roma that they are ready to trigger the €36 million release clause for Kostas Manolas, with Maurizio Sarri keen on the defender according to Corriere dello Sport. They have seemingly identified him as the man they want to be the cornerstone of their new-look back-line.

The 26 year old joined the Italian side from Olympiacos for an estimated fee of €15 million in 2014 and has established himself as one of the Key players in the team’s defense.

The Greece International was very impressive last season and helped his team to reach the Semi-finals of the Champions League, his header against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter final helped his team to progress to the next round.

His displays has attracted interest from many top European clubs and the Serie A club may release the defender to meet the Financial Fair Play demands. He is one of their most valuable assets, and allowing him to leave could mean they hold on to the likes of Alisson.

Reports in Italy indicate the Premier League giant chiefs are ready to throw money at the centre-back to tempt him into putting pen to paper. He is currently on about £2.6 million a year at the Stadio Olimpico and they are said to be happy to pay him around £4.4 million a year to rock up in west London.

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