Chelsea will reportedly offer Roma defender Kostas Manolas a €5m salary after showing an intent to pay his €36m release clause.
Corriere dello Sport corroborates Sportitalia’s claim that Chelsea Coach-elect Maurizio Sarri regards Manolas as his ‘first choice’ to reinforce the Blues’ backline.
Furthermore, the newspaper believes their proposal of a contract worth €5m a season could tip the balance in the English club’s favour.
The Greek was close to leaving for Zenit St Petersburg last summer, but he ultimately stayed put as centre-back partner Antonio Rudiger instead made the move to Stamford Bridge.
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