Roma have warned interested clubs that their star defender Kostas Manolas is not for sale, according to Sky Sports.
The Greece international has attracted plenty of attention from England following what was a highly impressive season for the 25-year-old, but his manager Luciano Spalletti has told his suitors to look elsewhere.
Spalletti addressed the waiting media ahead of Roma’s first full training session in Boston on Sunday.
“Manolas is a good footballer, like there are many good footballers, so it’s only normal his name has come up in the transfer market – indeed it is inevitable,” Spalletti said in comments reported on the club’s official website asroma.it.
“But his intentions are clear, so there are no issues. Why not talk instead about the problem of writing about issues that are not there? Manolas will stay with us.”
Manchester United are known to be among the frontrunners for his signature.
The player’s agent Ioannis Evangelopoulos told Il Tempo newspaper: “The best clubs in Europe want him. There isn’t just Manchester City, but also United and Chelsea.”
“I haven’t spoken with Roma for a while. Will he remain in the capital? No comment.”
Chelsea and Manchester City have yet to strengthen in defence, but Manchester United have signed Eric Bailly for £30m.
Should Jose Mourinho push ahead and sign Manolas from Roma, it is suggested that he would appear as part of a team which included three centre-backs.
Alternatively, Eric Bailly could be benched in favour of Manolas, as it is unlikely that Chris Smalling will be dropped by Mourinho after establishing himself as a firm fans favourite at Old Trafford.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.
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