Player ‘Undergoes Arsenal Medical’ Ahead Of €10m Move – Reports

By on August 18, 2014

It looks like Arsenal are about to wrap up their fifth major signing of the summer with reports claiming that Kostas Manolas has undergone a medical ahead of a €10m move from Olympiakos.

The Greek centre-back has emerged as a top target in recent weeks as Arsene Wenger stepped up his hunt for a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen – who joined Baarcelona earlier this month.

Speculation suggested that we had opened talks with Olympiakos over the 23-year-old in early August and were quoted €10m (£8m) by the Greek outfit – which is a very reasonable fee for a player of his quality and potential.

Now, the Independent are reporting that Manolas has successfully undergone a medical with Arsenal and despite interest from the likes of Juventus, it appears we have won the race for his signature with the move expected to be sealed this week.

This news comes after Arsene Wenger confirmed last week that he will sign another centre-back if he can identify the right player.

“Vermaelen behaved outstandingly last year – I am grateful for him and I wish him very well,” Wenger said.

“If I can find another centre-back I will do it.”

It looks like he has now found that target and Manolas will become our fifth major signing of the summer following the arrivals of Sanchez, Ospina, Chambers and Debuchy.

If, as expected, the move goes through he will add some much-needed depth to our back line and provide competition to Koscielny and Mertesacker in the middle of defence.


  1. Benjamin yavala

    August 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    will manolas ,rabiot,and vargas come b4 our next epl game?

  2. Mjc

    August 18, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    “Player undergoes medical”
    Thanks for making the headline so clear and specific. Otherwise I might have got confused and thought that it was a dog or a jellyfish having the medical.
    Bravo for your championing of quality in online football journalism.

  3. paul35mm

    August 18, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Manolas is not a player I am familiar with, but he will hopefully offer depth and rotation to the squad. He’s young, so might be a long-term replacement for either Kos or the BFG.

    Chambers looks good so far, though you have to wish the BFG was back for Everton this weekend.

    It is good to see Arsene Wenger giving Vermaelen credit for his professionalism during his transfer saga. Never once did he seek to upset the Arsenal apple cart with posturing or transfer requests, or rash statements in the media. He deserves credit for that. He also deserves more credit for his play than he gets. Man U and Barcelona didn’t spend six months chasing him because he sucks. He deserves the opportunity at Barcelona.

  4. Kwendo

    August 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    What Happened To Draxler

    • Panther

      August 19, 2014 at 1:29 am

      What will Arsenal do with another attacking midfielder? Drexler is not aa important as Arsenal getting defensive minded midfielder.

  5. Dashuk

    August 18, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Am happy that wenger did not sell Verma5 to our direct rival Man U.But wenger need to add defensive midfld,Striker nd centre back.

  6. Festus fiang

    August 18, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Good news

  7. Ochucu Alex

    August 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I love the way Wenger is doing his things this transfer season,its my pleasure that hopefully we shall also sign aproven defensive midfielder,there we go!!!

  8. Dansulaiman

    August 18, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Manolas will be feat at centre-back of arsenal defence,with the like of koscienly their and manolas the combination will be good for arsenal this season

  9. Bahati Maluba

    August 19, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Good 4. this but. Wenger make sure that you concider a striker pls

  10. Roland C Rozario

    August 19, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Good piece of business. Now a striker …. a guy like Vargas, and young Rabiot!
    That will put ArSenal in instead this season!
    No way must Campbell be loaned out!
    Personally Arsenal will win trophies due it’s good mix of players….With experience and quick footed and speedy mid field class!

  11. Malaysian Gunner

    August 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

    As far as tactics are concerned,Wenger is not as accomplished as the MC and Blues manager.I know he almost won the title last season and in years before.Why does he fail repeatedly and make the same mistakes?
    This is due to his arrogance and I know best mentality.
    Regardless of who he buys he must make the gunners less predictable.He likes to engage in passing frenzy instead of going direct and conceded against Palace first. Take it from me if he were playing the big boys,he won’t be able to come back.

  12. bnuts

    August 19, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Bring back song

  13. majaliwa sadik

    August 19, 2014 at 7:29 am

    We need quality strong midfielder and striker we will win the league

  14. okey ozowalu

    August 19, 2014 at 8:59 am

    The Gunners need two very physical DMs like yesterday. Song would not be a bad idea. Tiote and Schneiderlin are not bad either.

  15. john unyime

    August 19, 2014 at 9:00 am

    welldone prof. wenger but pls a defencive midfielder in the likes of song and khedira is very important and a striker like Higuain arsenal can beat any team

  16. okey ozowalu

    August 19, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Very well said Malaysian Gunner! Wenger is stubborn not arrogant. Wenger is a tactical dinosaur. MC and Blues gaffers would be under achieving nobodies without the deep pockets of their owners. Wenger has been running the Gunners on a shoe string budget admiringly for years. The Blues gaffer is becoming predictable with his Specialist in Parking the Buses tactics and counter attacking gamble that exploded in his face with Diego Simeon’s similar,but more flexible, tactics during the CL semi-finals. Wenger must become tactically flexible, ditch tiki-taka/ sexy football, sign more physical players and play with the ruthless efficiency of the Germans at the World Cup. As one Gunner fan to another, lets hook up on FB. The conversation has only just begun.

  17. bnuts

    August 19, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Everyone keeps saying we need a player that can play dm and cb song can and has done it for us before, bring back song,bring back song

  18. Boyd

    August 19, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Some of u guys here sound like fake gooners. All u want is to buy and buy and buy, then ironically turn around and blame the lack of growth in the lik of Coque, Jack, Miquel and Bellerine to name but just a few. How will they mature if they dont play competitive matches?

    Wenger is a superstar manager because he is successiful at both managing a club profitable and also coach. He is classier than Mourinho and better than Pellegrin. These guys are given ready made superstars who need no coaching but motivation only. Mourinho is a good motivational speaker.

    Wenger creates stars…Henry, Van Persy, Fabr, Ramsey. Check how many Wenger products are in City, Barca, Man Utd,…Wenger is footballistically a Prof indeed.

    Arsenal wins 3.0.

    • nick adams

      August 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      right now we want to win cups so we can loan then to other clubs who has the experience in training young players like us the way we train them

  19. Boyd

    August 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Arsenal has too much young talents to recycle a football deliquent like Song. Remember his kung fu elbow in Brazil? He got red card and Cameroon were knocked out of World Cup. Song will indeed soil the Emirates puma red carpet. Jack can play DM, so can Coqueline. It is only by playing that you can improve them.

    Forever Gunners.

  20. Amanzuru Mike

    August 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

    welldone prof.

  21. Issa Dumbuya

    August 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    good business mr. wenger. but don’t be stobbon at this time, plz look chelsea squard. buy a classic stricker and a natural DM!! then u will able to contest for the title, if not, no!!!!

  22. muhammad karim

    August 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    well whatever Arsene Wenger you try and i appreciate for job well done, because you are really manager even though you leave arsenal today with a good job you put down, no coach soever have that then you here am not talking winning cups but the profit and management of the club make it look succession then the way you do. therefore am continue wishing successful.

  23. nick adams

    August 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    wenger needs to think very well or we will not win anything again cos we need a stricker

  24. nwauwa justice

    August 19, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    pls i want to know if samir kadirah is actually coming to arsnal?

    • olisaemeka obi

      August 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Last heard Kedirah to Bayern.Kaizer hailed him as a needed player.

  25. olisaemeka obi

    August 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    The piece remaining is an accomplished ball playing and pacy striker.Giroud is not that.

  26. slide-kid430

    August 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Wenger please we need a very good striker that can deliver @anytime


    August 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    good profeser but we need a (DM) pliz

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