Napoli’s outspoken club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has delivered a rather worrying verdict about Arsenal-linked defender Kostas Manolas.
The 70-year-old appeared on Radio Kiss Kiss to talk transfers when he claimed the Greece international has ‘character issues’.
AS Roma defender Manolas was linked with a move to Arsenal in May, with Il Messaggero reporting Unai Emery was ready to pay his £31 million release clause.
If Arsenal are still interested in the 28-year-old, they may now want to distance themselves following De Laurentiis’ comments.
He said, as quoted by Football Italia: “We’ve been working on Manolas since Albiol announced his desire to leave Naples. He has given us a lot, but is of a certain age. We could try to convince him to stay, but the truth is he’d be doing us a favour if he left.
“With Manolas, however, there are issues with his character. Sometimes he throws tantrums: we need our players to be very calm.”
De Laurentiis’ assessment is concerning and Arsenal must now steer clear of Manolas if they still had intentions to sign him.
The last thing Arsenal need is an environment of unrest.
The club have major work to do to break back into the Champions League and they need a dressing room of leaders not problem players.
Despite his view, De Laurentiis is still happy for Napoli to get Manolas in – although he doesn’t want to pay over the odds.
Quite simply, the Gunners need to let Napoli and Roma get to it.