Report: Roma to offer Tottenham and Arsenal defender target Kostas Manolas double pay-rise to stay

Kostas Manolas at AEK Athens

The Greek international has been heavily linked with a move to England this weekend.

This weekend saw both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal linked with AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas.

It was reported by the Sunday People that both North London clubs are keen on a deal for the player in January to strengthen their defensive options.

Manolas joined Roma in August 2014 from Olympiakos, with Arsenal also linked with the player. Since then the Greek international has been one of the best performing defenders in the Italian top-flight which has obviously caught the eye of both Spurs and Arsenal.

However that interest might have just forced Roma's hand.

It is being reported in the Italian capital that the Giallorossi are now looking to tie Manolas down to a new long-term contract which will make him a much more difficult acquisition for either North London outfit.

According to a report in Informazione Giallorossa the Italian club are looking to double his wages to around €1.9 million per season - making him the fourth highest paid defender in Serie A. However, no extension would be proposed to his current deal which ends in 2019.

The fact of the matter is Manolas could certainly end up at Arsenal or indeed Spurs but either side would need to pay out considerably to get hold of the talented Greek defender.

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