Liverpool Lead Juventus in the Race For £35m International Star

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Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool received boost in the race for Roma defender Kostas Manolas, according to reports in Italy

The Premier League giants all have been heavily linked with Manolas, who has been key player for Roma making 120 appearances in all competitions since moving from Olympiacos in 2014.

And now Calciomercato claim that Roma prefer to let the 25-yer-old join the foreign club, rather than domestic rivals Juventus, who are also ‘very interested’ in the £35million-rated centre-back.

The Merseysiders are in need of quality centre-back as summer signing Ragnar Klavan failed to make an impact at Anfield. The France star Mamadou Sakho has been rejected by Jurgen Klopp due to disciplinary issues and was sent out on loan to Crystal Palace in January.

United boss Jose Mourinho, meanwhile,  has supposedly turned his attention towards Manolas after attempts to bring Victor Lindelof to the club stalled. The Red Devils fans may not be so sure they need a new centre-half after Erik Bailly’s and Chris Smalling’s recent performances, but reports continue to suggest the Special One is looking to improve his defensive options in the summer window.

The Blues had also been looking for another senior centre-back as they need a long-term replacement for John Terry and Garry Cahill. With Kurt Zouma and Nathan Ake are still young and developing, Antonio Conte may have to dip into the transfer market to bolster his defensive ranks.

The 27-time capped Greek international, whose contract at Roma expires 2019, missed only 8 games through injury for his entire career – something might be really important for Premier League sides.