Fabio Capello has talked up a move to Juventus for Roma’s Kostas Manolas, which could disappoint Manchester City and Arsenal who are both interested in the defender.
The Greek centre-back is wanted by a number of Europe’s top clubs this summer and with a release clause of £32m, he looks quite affordable. City are looking to replace Vincent Kompany, Arsenal need numerous defensive reinforcements, while Juventus are looking to bring in a younger model with Giorgio Chiellini turning 35 this summer.
Former Juve and England boss Capello thinks that Manolas is the man to replace the eight-time Serie A winning Italian defender.
‘We would need a great central defender, which in the future could be Chiellini’s heir,’ Capello told Gazzetta dello Sport.
‘The most suitable would be Manolas, but I don’t go into their strategies.
‘In any case, you need to know how to make wine with the grapes available, and champagne comes out with Juve players. Indeed, it is better to speak of Italian products.’
Napoli and AC Milan are also interested in the 28-year-old and it had looked like it was Napoli that had won the race for his signature.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side had attempted to drive down the price for the defender by offering a player swap deal instead of meeting the £32m release clause, but Roma rejected the deal.
A deal could still be done between Napoli and Roma, but the negotiations have allowed other clubs the time to try and swoop for Manolas.
Gazzetta have reported that Napoli have agreed personal terms with the Greek, offering him £3.2m-per-season on a four-year deal, but the clubs have not come to an agreement yet.