Chelsea in transfer talks to beat Arsenal to top defensive target

According to reports from The Daily Star, Chelsea and Roma have held talks over the potential transfer of defender Kostas Manolas.

The Greek international is rated as one of the top defenders in Serie A and has been in good form this season, particularly impressing in the Champions League.

His European performances have generated plenty of Premier League interest ahead of the summer transfer window, with recent reports claiming Arsenal are targeting the 24-year-old centre-half.

But it appears Chelsea are currently leading the pack in the race for Manolas’ signature. The Daily Star, citing Corriere Dello Sport, claim the Blues held talks with Roma regarding the defender’s future last weekend.

A number of other issues popped up in the meeting between Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and her Roma counterpart Walter Sabatini. They also discussed the potential futures of Branislav Ivanovic, Mohamed Salah and Radja Nainggolan.