Arsenal could make a summer swoop for Roma defender Kostas Manolas, with a move this month looking unlikely, according to the player's agent John Evangelopoulos.

 

​According to reports in the Mirror, Evangelopoulos claimed Arsenal made a £35m offer for the Greek international last summer, but the bid was rejected by Roma. 

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"Over the summer Roma rejected an offer of €40m (£35m) from Arsenal," Evangelopoulos said on Greek radio. "The Gunners were interested but Roma's demands were too much for the English club."

 

And when quizzed about the possibility of a future deal Manolas' agent seemed to imply the door is still open for his client.

 

"Probably a sale in June? I cannot say for sure, but probably there will be something this summer, but in general in the world of football, it is difficult to make predictions." 

The worry for Arsenal fans will be the speculation linking Manolas with a move to Premier League rivals Manchester United this month. Barcelona and Inter Milan have also been linked with the 25-year-old.

 

The former Olympiakos defender moved to the Italian capital in 2014 for an estimated

€15m and has been an ever present in the side since. Manolas has played 16 of Roma's 19 league games this year and was only absent due to injury.

 

A move for Manolas would suggest Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may feel he needs additional defensive cover.

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Captain Per Mertesacker has been missing all season and has been linked with a loan move out of the Emirates, whilst Gabriel has failed to impress since his move from Villarreal in 2015.

 

Arsenal currently sit fifth in the Premiership and know that victory against Swansea this weekend could push the Gunners into the Champions League spots.