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Arsenal skill keen on Kostas Manolas

Arsenal skill keen on Kostas Manolas

Arsenal lining up Per replacement

Arsenal could return for Kostas Manolas in the New Year, should Per Mertesacker decide to part ways with the club. The Gunners failed with a £30m bid for the centre-half in the summer transfer window.

Arsene Wenger was keen on securing the services of Manolas in the summer before Roma slapped a £50m price tag on his head.

The North London giants therein followed to revive their pursuit for Shkodran Mustafi, who linked up from Valencia on a £35m deal.

According to Sport, the Gunners could revive their interest in Manolas with Mertesacker eyeing a possible return to Werder Bremen.

Club-captain Per Mertesacker is currently nursing a knee problem, and it is thought that he could eye a fresh challenge with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.

Koscielny and Mustafi have been preferred choice for the centre-back partnership with Rob Holding and Gabriel acting as back-up, but Wenger still feels the need to add a quality centre-back to his ranks.

Roma will remain firm on the £50m valuation for their asset as they owe around 50 percent of any future fee to former club Olympiakos.