Arsenal have not made any enquiries for Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas, contrary to reports in the media today.
The Gunners had reportedly lined up the Greece international as a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen who has recently been linked with Manchester United but Gooner Talk understands that manager Arsene Wenger holds no interest in the 23-year-old centre back.
Belgian international Vermaelen, who previously said he wants to ‘stay at Arsenal forever’, has been targeted by Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United side after Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic both left the club this summer.
Vermaelen’s exit would leave Arsenal with just two senior centre backs in Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, although it’s expected that Wenger will persuade him to stay with the north London giants during talks after the World Cup in Brazil.
Manolas has been a key member of a domestically dominant Olympiakos side over the past season, and has earned many more plaudits for his defensively solid performances for Greece at the World Cup.
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea team remain the sole top four club who have made tentative enquiries for the former AEK Athens stopper, with Liverpool likely to express an interest if they fail to land Southampton defender Dejan Lovren.
His current deal doesn’t run out until 2016, so any interested club would have to match Olympiakos’ valuation in order to acquire the talented defender this summer.
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