Chelsea almost finished talks with 6 ft 2 in Serie A defensive rock

London club are close to signing Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas and planning to make a bid during the summer transfer window. Maurizio Sarri wants to improve the back-line, and his primary target is Greece international who has a great season and proves his worth one more time.

Antonio Rudiger has a severe injury, Gary Cahill already 33-year-old, Andreas Christensen linked with several clubs, and they need back-up. Italian manager set to spend big money on the footballer in July when the transfer window opens again.

Man United, Atletico Madrid and Arsenal are also keen to sign him, and there will be a contest for the player. The 27-year-old defender joined the Italian club from Olympiacos in 2014 with a €14m deal. He is one of the best centre-backs in Serie A and unchanged figure for the club.

In this campaign, Greek defender already played 33 matches, scored two goals and made one assist in all tournament. It is an impressive result, and he can do much more with high-class teammates. Manolas has contracted with the Giallorossi until 2022, and his release clause is nearly €45m.

His price could increase during this season and become much more. Kostas regularly plays in the national team and also helped them to reach the playoff in the 2014 World Cup, but after losing in a penalty shoot-out against Costa Rica, they kicked out from the competition.

Blues will do everything to add him this summer, but it will be difficult as Red Devils, Los Rojiblancos and Gunners also preparing to make an offer during the transfer window.