New Manolas twist for Arsenal as Manolas agent admits he could stay at Olympiakos

The agent of Arsenal transfer target Kostas Manolas has admitted he may not move after all.

Potential Arsenal signing Kostas Manolas may not end up switching to the Gunners after all.

Talks are said to be ongoing between all parties for the highly rated Greek international centre-back, while Goal even claimed a week ago that the defender was having a medical with Arsenal.

This clearly turned out to be untrue, but with Arsenal a player short at the back having sold Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, there is still potential for a deal to be done.

While the defender did not feature at the weekend for the Greek champions, it is no certainty he will move.

Roma have also been interested, and his agent Giannis Evangelopuolos told Tuttomercato:

"The name of Manolas to Italy has been circulating for months now but the truth is that at the moment there is nothing. Roma we never heard. I confirm that there have been contacts with big clubs but at present I do not exclude even a stay at Olympiakos."

The comments from Manolas' agent are intriguing as they suggest Arsenal have been in touch, but it certainly appears a deal is far from being done.

The 23-year-old has to choose between being a first choice at Olympiakos and moving to sit on the bench at Arsenal behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, and could view it as not being in his best interests.

If another top side come along who can offer him regular football, as Roma have been linked with doing, if Mehdi Benatia moves on, Arsenal's deal may be further under threat.

The news he is considering staying at the Greek side certainly puts the pressure on the Gunners to do a deal, or look at alternatives.

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