Arsenal start negotiations with Olympiakos over £8m deal for Kostas Manolas [Goal]

Arsenal have opened negotiations with Olympiakos over an £8 million deal for their defender Kostas Manolas, according to Goal.

The Gunners have moved for Manolas after Wenger sanctioned a move following the departure of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona.

Manolas has played Champions League football for Olympiakos and is a regular for the Greek national team, appearing for them at the World Cup in Brazil.

Wenger wants to add depth to his defence and is trying to push through a quick deal for the centre-half as Laurent Koscielny is struggling with an injury.