Greek defender Manolas joins Napoli

Manolas joined Roma from Greek side Olympiakos in 2014. (AFP pic)

ROME: Greek international defender Kostas Manolas has joined Napoli from Serie A rivals AS Roma in a deal reportedly worth €36 million (US$41 million), Roma announced on Sunday.

Reports in Italy said the second part of the deal could see Napoli’s Guinea midfielder Amadou Diawara moving in the other direction for a €20-million fee.

Manolas, 28, is expected to form a formidable central defensive partnership with rugged Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Greek, who signed a five-year contract, has risen to become one of the best central defenders in Serie A since he moved to Roma in 2014 from Greek side Olympiakos.