Arsenal 'failed with late bid for defender Kostas Manolas'

Arsenal 'failed with late Manolas bid'
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A report claims that Greek defender Kostas Manolas was a deadline-day target for Arsenal, who failed to persuade Roma to offload so late in the window.

Arsenal tried and failed to bring in Kostas Manolas from Roma in the closing stages of the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Gunners are said to have turned to the Greece international after having a separate 'derisory' offer for West Bromwich Albion's Jonny Evans knocked back, rumoured to be in the region of £12m.

Sky Sport Italia suggests that Arsenal's desperate search for central defensive cover saw them make contact with Roma on deadline day, but they were turned away by the Serie A side.

Roma were reportedly unwilling to sanction Manolas's departure due to the late nature of the enquiry, giving them little time to seek a replacement.

The same report suggests that Arsenal could return with a formal bid in the summer, however, while Juventus may also revive their interest in the 26-year-old.

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West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans in action during his side's Premier League clash with Newcastle United at The Hawthorns on November 28, 2017
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