Chelsea have been linked with moves for Leonardo Bonucci and Virgil van Dijk this summer. The Blues are in need of central defensive options and have found it difficult getting their targets.
Chelsea have now switched focus to Roma defender Kostas Manolas, which has angered former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.
Roma defender Kostas Manolas was set to join Zenit St Petersburg for £26million but Chelsea have made a late bid to hijack Zenit’s bid for the Greece international, much to Mancini’s frustrations.
According to Daily Mail, the Greece international was set to join the five-time Russian champions after three seasons in Rome, and the centre-back was due to arrive at Zenit for his medical on Wednesday. But a dispute over his wages has left the door ajar for Chelsea to hijack the bid.
Corriere dello Sport reveal that Zenit manager Mancini has been left fuming by Chelsea’s late call to Manolas, in which the player has been made aware of Chelsea’s interest and wants a move.
The former Manchester City boss, who took over the club on June 1, was hoping to make Manolas his first summer signing in his bid to make Zenit domestic champions again.