Chelsea target has no desire to leave Roma

Monchi claims they are yet to receive any offers from the Blues

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.

Though Blues ended the campaign on a bright note after defeating Manchester United in the FA Cup final but they are keen to add reinforcements in key areas in order to strengthen the squad for next season.

One of their top 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 are interested in signing Roma defender Kostas Manolas with expected incoming manager Maurizio Sarri particularly keen on him. 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. Since then he has amassed over 100 appearances for the Giallorossi, proving himself to be an integral part of their defensive unit.

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.

There were reports that the Premier League giants are ready to trigger the €38 million release clause of the defender, which is exercisable until the first days of August.

But Roma’s sporting director Monchi insists that they are yet to receive any offers from Chelsea and tells that Manolas is happy and has no desire to leave them.

“I’ve spoken to Kostas three or four times, he enjoys my job and might make a decent director of football himself!” He said as quoted by Goal.

“He’s happy with the team and wants to stay. I’ve read that Chelsea want to pay the buyout clause, but I haven’t heard anything. I feel calm.”

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