Kostas Manolas is a 22 year-old center-back who this year has been capped five times for Greece, and he currently plays for Olympiacos in his home country.
Kostas Manolas – top young Greek center-back
And there’s a report in the Chronicle today that Alan Pardew went to watch the 6’2″ defender in Paris on Wednesday night, as Olympiacos played PSG and were beaten 2-1 in a group game of the Champions League.
Even though Alan has played down talk this week of captain Fab Coloccini wanting to leave Newcastle in the summer, and to return to Argentina where his family are now located, we would expect Joe Kinnear and Graham Carr to be checking out some center-backs in case Colo does end up leaving in the summer..
San Lorenzo are the club Pope Francis supports, and they are still keen on taking Colo back home, and there’s a chance that could happen in the summer, so Newcastle need to be ready to bring in a good replacement for the 31 year-old Argentine, who’s had an excellent career on Tyneside over the last five years.
We don’t expect the circus we had last January when San Lorenzo tried to sign Coloccini, and the captain wanted to leave, but the Argentine club just didn’t have the money to buy him.
But we could see a similar situation in the summer, although Newcastle will still need compensation for their captain.
And if Colo leaves then from what we can tell, this lad Kostas Manolas looks like he could be a very good buy for the club, and he’ll know all about another 6’2″ Greek International center-back, who had a good career on Tyneside some years ago – Nikos Dabizas.
Nikos was at Newcastle from 1998 through 2004, and he also joined from Olympiakos.
Kostas started his career at Thrasyvoulos back in 2008, and in 2009 he moved to AEK, before ending up at Olympiacos seventeen months ago on a free transfer.
He has played 51 times with four goals for Olympiacos, and he played 85 times for AEK with six goals.
We’re not sure how much business Newcastle will be able to accomplish in January, but the summer is also shaping up to be what could be an interesting time for Newcastle fans.
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