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Manchester United considering triggering Kostas Manolas’ release clause

Manchester United are plotting a summer swoop for AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas, according to the Rome-based publication Leggo. (h/t the Sun)

Kostas Manolas has come a long way since he joined AS Roma from Olympiacos in the summer of 2014. He has featured in 32 matches for the Serie A giants across all competitions this season, emerging as one of the team’s most important players.

Kostas Manolas

Kostas Manolas

But after five seasons with Roma, the Greek international may choose to end his time in Italy and look for a new adventure, with the club set to miss out a place in the top four. (h/t the Sun)

Manchester United are hoping to take utmost advantage of the situation and lure Kostas Manolas away from Rome to Old Trafford in the summer. The Red Devils are ready to meet the Greek defender’s £31million release to sign him as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to build a title-challenging side. (h/t the Sun)

Manchester United defenders have endured a tough time this season and that’s one of the pressing areas for Solskjaer to address at the end of 2018/19. Victor Lindelof has been the only consistent defender at our club, with neither Chris Smalling nor Phil Jones doing enough to offer long-term hope. Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo, meanwhile, remain out of favour under the Norwegian.

Is Manolas the right man to shore up United’s defence?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Paul Pogba

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Paul Pogba

Manolas could be the ideal man to bring stability and much-needed reliability to the Reds’ backline, whilst partnering Lindelof at the heart. The Greek is an experienced defender and has been an immense presence at the back for Roma.

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A strong, physical defender who bullies his opposition to retrieve the ball, the former Olympiakos man is also incredibly calm on the ball and is capable of driving into the opposition half. Manolas’ no-nonsense defender coupled with his excellent technical ability on the ball would certainly make him an asset for United.