Forget Koulibaly, £32.5m-rated defender set to sign for Man United – report

Forget Koulibaly, £32.5m-rated defender set to sign for Man United – report

By Mark Weasley

According to Daily Star, Greek international defender, Kostas Manolas is ready to leave Roma and join Manchester United this transfer window.

The 27-year-old centre back believes that the time is right to leave the Stadio Olimpico after growing frustrated with the stranglehold Juventus have on the Italian domestic competitions.

United’s search for a defender is well-documented with several players linked to the club last summer, though a deal for any one of Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, and Diego Godin failed to materialise.

Kostas Manolas

United have had problems in defence all season, having conceded 32 times already in the Premier League, four more than they let in last term. Manolas has quickly become one of the leading defenders in Italy, and is considered to be up there alongside Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

It is believed that United will make a move for Manolas in this winter window with the board said to be ready to support interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer market.

Speaking last July, Manolas stated his desire to engineer an upward trajectory in his career, naming Manchester United as one of teams he would be interested in playing for.

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