Club tell defender he can join Chelsea this summer, on one condition

Chelsea target Kostas Manolas will be allowed to join the Premier League club by AS Roma if the London club offer ‘above €30m’ and agree personal terms with the defender, according to Sport Witness who quote Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 26-year-old defender has been a target for Chelsea for some time and it looked like they would miss out on him as Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg made an offer, but it was swiftly rejected by Roma.

This has given Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte hope of securing the deal. The Italian boss was weighing up a £42 million bid for the centre-back, but they could get him for a lot less as Roma only want anything above €30m.

However, the personal terms need to be agreed between Chelsea and Manolas for the talks to continue further with the club. Manolas was heavily linked with a move to the English top flight last summer but he stayed on at the Serie A club.

Manolas was a regular for Roma last season and started 32 league games and also in seven of Roma’s Europa League matches.

Now, there is only reported interest from Chelsea as Zenit have dropped their pursuit for the Greek player. With Roma willing to sell, Conte is likely to lodge a bid soon to strengthen his squad as they prepare their title defence next season and also prepare to face Europe’s best in the UEFA Champions League.

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