Arsenal are edging closer to signing Olympiacos defender Kostas Manolas.

The Daily Mail says Arsene Wenger wants to sign a new defender before the transfer deadline following the departure of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona.

The Gunners' need for defensive cover has heightened following a hamstring injury to Kieran Gibbs that will rule him out for the next three weeks.

Manolas is a strong contender to fill the vacancy left by Vermaelen.

And Arsenal are pushing hard to complete a £6.5million deal by September 1.

The North London club believe Olympiakos will sell their highly-rated defender, who played for Greece during the World Cup.

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