It’s amusing to see transfer rumours who were ‘on the verge of being done deals’ grow exponentially cold, and then reappear a month or so down the line with a different outcome being reported.
Kostas Manolas, AS Roma’s Greek defender, was reported by various journalists and media outlets as being close to a move to Manchester United after the club met with his agent and an offer was in the making.
This got people very excited because, well, he’s decent at the stopping strikers from scoring part of football, but now he’s apparently not going anywhere.
According to Corriere dello Sport on Tuesday, the player is close to staying at Roma for the foreseeable future with a new contract on the horizon.
The Italian newspaper claim the player will be offered a new one-year extension worth £45k/week, and which would keep him at the Serie A outfit until 2020.
Arsenal and Chelsea are also said to be interested in his services, but with an awkward clause in his contract from his Olympiakos days where the Greek club would get 50% of any transfer fee if he is to be sold before September 1, 2016, Roma would prefer not to sell.
Corriere also quote the player as saying: “I’m not thinking about a transfer, but only about Roma.”
Having already sold Miralem Pjanic to Juventus, Roma would prefer not to lose another key member of their first-team, and if you want to believe Corriere (we still have some doubts), they won’t.