Chelsea are ready to hand Roma defender Kostas Manolas a £4.4million salary in order to make him one of Maurizio Sarri’s first signings as manager.Sarri is reportedly close to taking charge at Stamford Bridge and already has a list of players he is desperate to sign. 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out Furthermore, the Corriere dello Sport have suggested that Chelsea will tempt to lure him away from Roma with the promise of a bumper contract.A move to Stamford Bridge would also represent the chance of a reunion with former defensive partner Antonio Rudiger, who arrived last summer. three-way race Zlatan Ibrahimovic in ‘advanced talks’ to complete Premier League comeback Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino 2 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star heading off GOSSIP LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly RANKED REAL DEAL IN DEMAND Latest transfer news And 27-year-old central defender Manolas is said to feature prominently, with Sarri keen to bolster the backline as quickly as possible.According to reports in Italy, the Blues are ready to activate Manolas’ £31.5million release clause having established him as their top defensive target. Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder ‘perfect fit” Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing WHITE KNIGHT take zlat Roma star Kostas Manolas has been linked with a switch to Chelsea this summer. Roma star Manolas celebrates his historic goal against Barcelona in the Champions League last season. talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.