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Napoli president De Laurentiis demands Roma drop Manolas price

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is demanding Roma drop their price for Kostas Manolas.

De Laurentiis says he is ready to buy the Greece defender - but for less than Roma's current price.

He said, “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.

Roma are another problem because they've changed their sporting direction. We're checking to see if we can sign him at a fair and reasonable price.

“Manolas is already at a certain age and can't be resold. He's fine by me, but we mustn't waste money: he has a big salary.

“When we demand fair and reasonable prices for our players, people say they're exaggerated.

“With all due respect for Manolas, he's worth far less than €36m. Some presidents want valuable players from me for half of what I paid for them.

“On the market there are those who are more capable and take more because there's despair on the other side.

“I'm not like that. I have two players in every position and we're not lacking anything. If we can improve then we will, but without putting ourselves into a mess."

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