Tottenham Hotspur chasing Serie A star

By Mark Peters IN Archive,General - 19:45 Jul 9th 2015

Despite strengthening their options at centre-back with the captures of Kevin Wimmer and Toby Alderweireld, Tottenham continue to be linked with players in that position.

If reports in La Gazzetta dello Sport (article in Italian) are to be believed, then the White Hart Lane outfit have entered the race to sign Kostas Manolas from AS Roma.

The Greek international defender enjoyed a stellar first season in Italy, following on from what had been a tremendous performance at the 2014 World Cup.

Speaking to Il Tempo in October 2014, the former Olympiacos player provided an insight into where he could have been playing his football last season.

“It is true, Juventus sought me out after the World Cup.”

“I could also have ended up at Arsenal, but I never went to London as reported.”

KOSTAS MANOLAS

All the evidence suggests that Manolas opted for a move to Serie A over a switch to the Gunners, so that should go down well with the Tottenham supporters.

It has to be said, however, that Spurs would be doing well to secure the signature of a 24-year-old who has become accustomed to playing in the Champions League.

Moving abroad can prove challenging for some players, but the Greek international immediately established himself as an important part of the AS Roma team:

Kostas Manolas
POS: DEFAGE: 24Y 0M
HEIGHT: 5FT 11INWEIGHT: 13ST 0LB
 
SA | RMA | 14/1514/15 14/15 | RMA | SA
WITHWITHOUT
30
MATCHES
8
53%
WIN%
38%
33%
DRAW%
38%
13%
LOSS%
25%
45
GOALS FOR
9
24
GOALS AGAINST
7
1.5
GOALS F
PER GAME
1.1
0.8
GOALS A
PER GAME
0.9
60
MINS PER
GOALS F
80
112.5
MINS PER
GOALS A
102.9
9.8
SHOTS F
PER GAME
11
1.9
POINTS
PER GAME
1.5
14
CLEAN SHEETS
3
11
TOTAL
2

Only two other members of the Italian side’s squad spent more time on the pitch than Manolas in Serie A last season.

When he did take to the field, Rudi Garcia’s charges won 15% more of their top-flight matches, taking roughly ten minutes longer to concede a goal.

Elegant in style, the 24-year-old is extremely comfortable bringing the ball out of defence, whilst he is also a fantastic reader of the game:

In addition to these qualities, the AS Roma centre-back is brave in the challenge and possesses enough pace to get himself out of trouble.

THOUGHTS

Kostas Manolas would be a brilliant signing for Tottenham, but it is hard to believe that this story is anything other than pure speculation.

The Greek international is unlikely to want to leave his current club and Spurs may feel that they have already done enough business at the back this summer.

Should Tottenham go for Manolas or concentrate on other areas of the team? Can the White Hart Lane outfit secure Champions League football next season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section beneath.

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