Just like an annoying rash, rumours surrounding Kostas Manolas’ future refuse to go away, as his €36m release clause means no negotiations are required.
Manchester United have been reportedly keen, yet it’s Arsenal who are now the club most consistently linked with the Greece international, needing to bolster their defence after displaying some frailties over the 2018-19 campaign.
On top of being cheap in today’s market, the Roma defender would bring a lot of experience, which is why it seems Unai Emery has made him one of his targets for the upcoming transfer window.
According to Il Messaggero on Friday, Arsenal remain one of two sides ready to trigger Manolas’ release clause, alongside Juventus, this summer.
Considering the Serie A season has yet to finish, with two games left to be played, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Gunners waiting for the player’s campaign to end before making a move, out of respect more than anything else.
After all, there are no negotiations needed, and if they just pay €36m up front, they can go straight to negotiating with him personally, if they haven’t already done so via intermediaries (we all know it happens, let’s not kid ourselves).