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Tuesday August 26 2014
Roma agree Manolas deal - report

Roma have reportedly already lined up a first replacement for Bayern-bound Mehdi Benatia, in the form of Kostas Manolas.

The Giallorossi are seen as on the verge of agreeing to sell Benatia to Bayern Munich, for a fee currently being negotiated as between €24m and €30m.

On from suggestions that the club would act quickly to find and sign his replacement, and amid continued links, reports are that they have indeed struck a deal for Manolas.

Gianluca Di Marzio’s website is one of a number of outlets reporting that a €13m deal has been agreed with Olympiacos for the Greece international, whilst a five-year contract has also been agreed with the 23-year-old.

The defender is also reported as having already arrived in Rome today to complete formalities on a move that will have him registered in time to debut against Fiorentina and that will almost certainly confirm Benatia’s departure to Germany.

The Gazzetta dello Sport suggest that Arsenal were on the verge of signing Manolas, only for the Giallorossi to take the player’s attention, apparently thanks in part to current Roma man Vasilis Torosidis’ intervention, as a friend of Manolas.

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