Defender cancels transfer after Antonio Conte phone call: Could join Chelsea now

CHELSEA are said to have derailed Kostas Manolas’ move to Zenit St Petersburg with a last-minute phone call.

Kostas Manolas was reportedly set to undergo a medical with Zenit St Petersburg yesterday at Roma’s Villa Stuart base but he did not show.

Reports suggested the Greece international demanded his wages be paid in Euros rather than Russian Rubles which caused the deal to stall.

However, Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claim the final nail in the coffin for the deal was a phone call from Chelsea.

The report says his £30million move to Zenit is now off the cards – paving the way to potential move to Stamford Bridge.

Italian reporter Emanuele Giulianelli claimed last week Chelsea were readying a last-minute swoop for Manolas.

“Manolas and Zenit are negotiating over the final details but Chelsea are ready to make a last-minute bid in order to overtake the Russians,” he said.

“Today, Chelsea are expected to submit to Roma a last call, a last bid of €40million [£35m].

“While Zenit’s offer is about €30m [£26m] – in order to take the player.”

Manolas was expected to join his Roma team-mate Leandro Paredes at Zenit with their deals being negotiated together.

However, with the Greece international’s move now off, Zenit will have to forge ahead with a deal for Paredes alone.

Manolas made 45 appearances for Roma last season in all competitions, providing two assists.

His current contract with the Serie A club runs until June 2019.

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