Kostas Manolas to Chelsea is picking up a decent amount of pace over in Italy, with Corriere dello Sport seemingly leading the way with their information.

They make it clear what they’ve been told comes from London, as AS Roma don’t particularly want to sell the Greek defender even if they won’t have a say in the matter if the Blues put €36m on the table.

That amount is the centre-back’s release clause, which Chelsea are said to be prepared to pay, as Maurizio Sarri has targeted Manolas as his number one man for defence.

Furthermore, the 27-year-old is unlikely to turn down the €5m/year contract expected to be on its way from Stamford Bridge, which would see him earn €2m/year more than he does in Rome.

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Moving to Chelsea would also see him reunite with Antonio Rudiger, his former AS Roma partner in crime in the centre of the defence.

As previously stated above, there will be no negotiations from the Serie A club’s end, as it’s release clause or nothing for them, with talks already taking place between the Premier League side and Manolas’ entourage.

Until Chelsea come forward with the money, there’s not much else to talk about here, so it seems we just have to sit back and wait.