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Arsenal beaten to top target Manolas by Serie A contenders Roma - report

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Arsenal appear set to miss out on Kostas Manolas.

Arsenal's top defensive target Kostas Manolas appears set to sign for Roma.

Respected Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio reported last night that Roma and Olympiakos have agreed a fee for the player who is keen to move to Serie A.

Roma view him as a replacement for Mehdi Benatia, who appears likely to move to Bayern Munich.

The centre-back had been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal, but it appears his future now lies elsewhere.

Manolas courted attention from impressive displays at the World Cup with Greece, and in the Champions League with Olympiakos last season.

Goal report Arsenal are already considering alternatives, with Matija Nastasic of Manchester City and Winston Reid of West Ham on the agenda.

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