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OFFICIAL: Napoli sign Kostas Manolas

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Kostas Manolas has ended a five year association with Roma and has signed a long-term deal with Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Kostas Manolas has officially signed for Serie A giants Napoli after the club paid AS Roma €36 million for the Greece international.

Arrived in August 2014 from Olympiakos, the Naxos man wasted no time to win over the Giallorossi fans and became an undisputed starter under Rudi Garcia. And as coaches came and went, Kostas Manolas was one constant in an otherwise dysfunctional Roma outfit last season.

And after representing the capital club 206 times, Kostas Manolas has decided to end his Roman adventure.

The Greek centre-back has signed a five-year deal with Napoli. Roma have also confirmed the news according to Foot Mercato.

“The club can confirm that an agreement has been reached with Napoli for the permanent transfer of Kostas Manolas. The Greek defender leaves for a transfer fee of €36 million,” read the statement.

The Partonopei have paid the release clause for the defender who was also reportedly interested in leaving Rome following the club’s failure to finish inside the top four last season. Reportedly, Manolas is going to earn €4.5 million per year.

Napoli fans would definitely be salivating at the prospect of seeing Kostas Manolas and Kalidou Koulibaly pairing in defense next season.

However, that is something which isn’t guaranteed at the moment. The Senegal international has been attracting a lot of interest from Manchester United. The Red Devils are in desperate need of a world class centre back to help the club’s fragile defense.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been following Koulibaly for quite a while. And after seeing the likes of Harry Maguire and Matthijs de Ligt rejected the chance to move to Old Trafford, the Red Devils may launch another bid for Koulibaly.

As for Kostas Manolas, the Greece international would be eager to test himself in a team that is clearly going to be fighting for top honors next season.