Chelsea moved in to hijack Manolas under the nose of Zenit St Petersburg

Chelsea are preparing a last-minute offer for Roma star Kostas Manolas, according to reporter Emanuele Giulianelli.

The Blues are in need of defensive reinforcements with John Terry set to leave the club on a free transfer next month.

Many big-name centre-halves have been linked with a move to Chelsea, containing Juventus ace Leonardo Bonucci and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

But, Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli has suggested the West Londoners are ready to make a late offer for Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas.

The Greece international is reportedly on the verge of a move to Zenit St Petersburg. However, the Blues are wishing to derail the deal.

“Manolas and Zenit are negotiating over the final details, but Chelsea are ready to make a last minute bid to overtake the Russians,” Giulianelli told website Tribal Football.

“Today, Chelsea are expected to submit to Roma the last call, the last bid of €40million [£35m]. While Zenit’s offer is about €30m [£26m] – to take the player.” – He Added.

But, the Stamford Bridge Giants are not guaranteed to secure Manolas, despite their offer being significantly greater.

“The problem is that Zenit are offering a better contract to the player,” Giulianelli explained.

Borislav Milovanovic

Borislav is the columnist of Balkan Talk from the beginning. He writes about Serbian football and loves Red Star Belgrade. Nemanja Vidic is his favourite player. Basketball and Tennis are another his hobbies.