Forget Koulibaly, Man United in talks to sign £36m CB

Manchester United are considering dipping their resources into the transfer window and getting a strong centre-back is at the top of their hot-list.

Roma defender Kostas Manolas has been confirmed as a target by the club after failing to get Belgium international Toby Alderweireld and Englishman Harry Maguire last summer.

Former boss Jose Mourinho before his dismissal had laid complaints about shoring up their defensive centre, after the club missed targets Alderweireld and Maguire.

The problems still lingers as new interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has been given a little leeway over the transfer, has sounded out about getting fresh players for that berth.

Manolas has been on the radar of United since the transfer window picked more steam, as it entered its second week.

Roma had received scouts, according to Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb.com, from United, who watched the Greek international’s performance against Juventus recently.

Manolas has a 36 million euros clause hanging down from his shirt at the Italian capital, and sadly that clause can be only be activated in the summer.

Manolas is under the prestigious Mino Raiola’s charge and talks is said to be in the works as United are willing to offer the defender a five-year deal worth over 6 million euros, bonuses inclusive.