Arsenal battling Man City for signature of Greece international

Manchester City are looking to beat Arsenal to the capturing of Roma ace Kostas Manolas as they look for a replacement for the departed Vincent Kompany.

The Greek has a contract with Roma until 2022, but is anticipated to move on this window, even telling reporters after the final match of the Serie A season: ‘I don’t know if I’ll stay here.’

The centre-back has an affordable release clause of £32 million, which has attracted the attention of several elite clubs around Europe.

Manchester City are the latest club to show an interest in the 27-year-old, joining Arsenal and Juventus in the hunt for his services.

The Premier League side have been linked with the Greek for longer than their domestic rivals, but the EPL champions are now reported to be ‘the most interested English club.’

The imposing defender arrived in Rome from Olympiacos back in 2014 for around £13 million and has been a regular player in the first team since the move, making over 200 appearances for the Serie A club.

The defender has not won anything in his time in Serie A, but did claim two Greek league trophies during his time with Olympiacos.

The Citizens have lost at the end of his deal as he returns to be player-manager of Anderlecht in Belgium. While the English giants still have Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi, Pep Guardiola is understood to want to add another option to his squad this transfer window.