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Agent clarifies future of £35m Arsenal target

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The agent of Roma defender Kostas Manolas has clarified his comments about the Greek international’s future at the Serie A side. Ioannis Evangelopoulos reportedly said to a journalist that the Gunners had a bid rejected by Roma for Manolas believed to be worth €40m (£35m) in the summer.

Evangelopoulos has however told Tuttomercatoweb today (translated by that the centre back is happy to remain at Roma although he won’t speculate anymore on his future in Rome:

“There is a valid contract with Roma until 2019. Kostas wants to do well in a Giallorossi shirt. As for the renewal, at the moment I do not know. I can not answer that question. But I must add that the boy is happy in Rome.”

The 25 year old has been a regular for the Italian side this season, playing 21 times in all competitions as Roma sit second in the Serie A table.

Most likely Manolas was an alternative to Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi before the Gunners signed the German international for £35million last summer. The one year contract extension that looks set to be given to Per Mertesacker would suggest Arsenal won’t be looking for another defender any time soon, unless they decide to offload Gabriel Paulista.

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