Chelsea have been encouraged to make a late bid to sign Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas, according to Sky sources.
Manolas was due to complete a £30m move to Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday, but he did not arrive for his planned 7am medical. And Manolas and his advisers have asked for extra time to negotiate his personal terms.
The Greek defender has been offered a five-year deal by Zenit, who are now managed by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini. But Manolas has also been on a list of defensive targets Chelsea have been monitoring, as they attempt to replace John Terry.
And the news that his planned transfer to Russia may have hit a snag could tempt the Blues into making a move for the 26-year-old Greece international. Chelsea are in need of signing the centre back and My hijack the deal from zenith st Petersburg, manolas may have turn down zenith move to come to England
Manolas began. the 2016–17 campaign as the de facto leader of the Roma defence.
Style of play
Manolas possesses the speed to keep track of smaller, quicker attackers while also possessing the strength needed to battle with more physical opponents. Without the ball, he is both assertive and attentive, never neglecting his defensive duties and always keen for a challenge. He is also a deceptively quick footballer, given his size, able to sweep up behind a high-line but also having the versatility and discipline to play deeper. Few players better combine the virtues of an old-fashioned centre-half with the modern need to build play from the back. the 2016–17 campaign as the de facto leader of the Roma defence.