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Manolas an ideal signing, says Arsenal legend

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has backed Arsene Wenger to sign Olympiakos centre-back Kostas Manolas, following reports of strong interest in the Greek international.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas would be an ideal signing for the club, considering their needs at the back.

With no natural alternatives to Laurent Koscielny and the currently injured Per Mertesacker, following the £15 million sale of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, Arsenal’s search for a new centre-back has been no secret.

Forced to use Calum Chambers, and even Nacho Monreal, at the position to start the season, Wenger has said himself that he is concerned about his side’s back-line, fuelling speculation of reinforcements arriving before the close of the transfer window.

Having emerged as a potential £8 million target for the Gunners earlier this week, some reports have even stated that Manolas has undergone a medical at the club, but Wenger has since denied that a deal is in place.

Nevertheless, Parlous believes the 23-year-old would be worthy addition, having seen him star in all four of Greece's World Cup games this summer, and has backed the Frenchman to make the move.

‘I think it would be a good signing. They definitely need strengthening at the back,’ he told Sky Sports News HQ.

‘With Vermaelen moving on to Barcelona, they’ve lost a player there.

‘Chambers has been excellent since he’s come into the side from Southampton – what a great signing that was – but certainly he’s looking for good quality defenders, and so that would be a good addition to the squad.’

With Manolas also the subject of bids from Juventus, according to the Greek club’s chief Christian Karembeu, Arsenal have faced some solid competition for the 13-times capped international thus far, but all signs point towards them being the front-runners at this point.

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