It's widely acknowledged Arsenal manager Unai Emery needs to make another centre-half a key priority this summer. If the club are to finally make it back into the top-four of the Premier League, a solid centre-half is nothing short of essential. Or so we are led to believe.
Finding a player of the quality Arsenal need, however, can be somewhat of a treasure hunt. Especially if the Londoners face into another season without Champions League football at the Emirates. For that to happen, of course, Arsenal need to win their upcoming Europa League final in Baku against Chelsea.
Nevertheless, it seems like the club already may have their eyes on just the man to seal up the cracks in their porous defence.
According to numerous reports in Italy, the club are prepared to trigger the €36million release clause in Kostas Manolas' contract with Roma.
It is understood Arsenal have targeted the Greek international after contract talks between the player and the club have hit a number of speed bumps recently.
The 27-year-old played a key role in last year's Champions League campaign which saw the side surprise many by making it all the way to the last-four of the competition, beating Barcelona in the process.
As for his statistics: the defender has played over 200 times for Roma, since arriving at the club from Olympiacos in 2014,
Should he make the move to north London, he would join up with his fellow Greek international, Sokratis.