Chelsea hold talks over Kostas Manolas, Sky sources understand

Konstantinos Manolas of Roma in action during the Serie A match against Juventus on January 24 2016
Image: Roma defender Kostas Manolas could be on his way to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have held talks with Roma about signing defender Kostas Manolas, Sky sources understand.

Sky in Italy believe the centre-back is wanted by new Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte, who signed a three-year contract on Monday to take over at Stamford Bridge after his spell as Italy boss ends after Euro 2016.

Who is Manolas?

Who is Manolas?

Profile of centre-back on Chelsea's radar

Greece international Manolas began his career at AEK Athens before joining Olympiakos in 2012.

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The 24-year-old then made the move to Serie A in August 2014 for £10.3m and has since established himself as a regular in the team, making 79 appearances for Roma.

John Terry of Chelsea applauds the supporters after his team's 2-2 draw in the Premier League match against West Ham
Image: John Terry has not been offered a new deal by Chelsea

John Terry looks set to leave the club in the summer after being told he will not be offered a new deal.

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Terry's departure would see the club lose an influential figure and Chelsea appear to have earmarked Manolas - who has played 23 times for his country - as his replacement.

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