Wenger targets World Cup star to replace departing defender.
Arsenal are reportedly lining up a move for Olympiakos centre-back Kostas Manolas as a replacement for Manchester United bound centre-back Thomas Vermaelen, according to the Metro.
The Gunners are preparing to lose the Belgian stopper as he is now entering the final year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium and is also on the verge of completing a £10 million move to Manchester United.
However, the Belgians exit would leave Arsenal with just two senior centre backs in Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, and Arsene Wenger is eyeing Manolas.
The no-nonsense defender has been a key member of a successful Olympiakos side over the past season, and has earned many more plaudits for his fine performances for Greece at the World Cup.
Currently rated at around £8 million, Arsenal may find themselves in competition with the likes of Juventus for his signature after the Serie A side declared their interest recently.
The Greek national side have been renowned for their air-tight defensive performances at major tournaments and Manolas has been a key part of their latest efforts after making his debut for the side last year.
Manolas also offers a significant goal threat, too, having notched five goals in 36 appearances last term.