Manchester United Eager To Complete First January Signing

Kostas Manolas celebrates after scoring against Inter Milan.

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Manchester United‘s hunt for defensive reinforcements has landed them onto a brand new transfer target: Roma superstar Kostas Manolas.

The Red Devils have been strongly linked with Napoli sensation Kalidou Koulibaly and FC Porto starlet Eder Militao lately. But as per reports in Spain (via MARCA), their attention has now been shifted towards Manolas.

The Greek international has a £32 million release clause in his contract – an absolute bargain for a player of his quality, considering the unbelievable inflation in the transfer markets of late.

However, the clause will only be valid come summer, but the Mancunian giants are unwilling to wait that long due to the fear of losing out on their target.

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Further, having already conceded 32 goals in just 21 Premier League games so far this season, their need for defensive reinforcements is as urgent as it is necessary.

This could lead Manchester United to approach Roma for the 27-year-old’s services, although the player’s valuation midway through the campaign is bound to be sky-high.

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Manolas has already admitted that he would be interested in playing at the Theatre of Dreams in the future. In an interview during the previous summer, he had stated: “It’s only natural you want to play for the biggest clubs, like Barcelona, Manchester United, PSG and Bayern Munich.”

It remains to be seen where he ends up, however, with reigning European champions Real Madrid also said to be eyeing his signature.

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