Report: Arsenal and Chelsea handed a boost after defensive target rejects a contract renewal at Serie A giants

AS Roma's Kostas Manolas (L) in action with Real Madrid Karim Benzema .

Top class centre-halves are at a premium these days so imagine the scrum that will ensue if Roma's Kostas Manolas becomes available.

AS Roma's Kostas Manolas (L) in action with Real Madrid Karim Benzema .

Reported Arsenal and Chelsea target Kostas Manolas has rejected the offer of a new contract at Roma, according to Football Italia.

The Greek international centre-half has provided a spark of solidity amongst an often haphazard Roma backline in the last two seasons and his impressive performances in the birthplace of Catenaccio have apparently attracted the attention of a number of Premier League giants.

According to Calciomercato, Arsenal offered up to £35.8 million (€40 million) for his services in the summer while Antonio Conte (below) views him as an alternative to top target, Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci, as he aims to revamp his defence at Chelsea.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

And the London rivals could have been handed a boost in their pursuit of one of Europe’s top centre halves, with Football Italia reporting that Manolas has rejected Roma’s offer of 2.5 million euros a year in wages because he wants a higher salary.

The 25-year-old would undoubtedly receive a more luxurious package if he was to up sticks and move to the opulent surrounds of the Premier League but Roma are unlikely to sell for anything less than a monstrous fee, with a clause in Manolas’ contract meaning former club Olympiakos are entitled to half of his transfer fee.

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With summer signing Shkodran Mustafi forming an impressive partnership with Laurent Koscielny at Arsenal, however, Chelsea could be a more likely destination for Manolas after Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta announced that the Serie A champions are determined to tie down Bonucci to a long term contract, as reported by the Evening Standard.

The Italian lynchpin already has four years to run on his current deal in Turin.

Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci celebrates after scoring against Udinese

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