Man United ready to activate defender’s £31m release clause: report

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Defensively, Manchester United have been in a real mess for the last half-decade. It’s blatantly obvious that Chris Smalling and Phil Jones just aren’t good enough, while Victor Lindelof is still developing and growing. Also, who knows what on earth is going on with Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly.

Come summer time, you’d hope that the Red Devils have identified a shiny new centre-half signing. With a couple of months before the official opening of the transfer window, another name has been linked with a potential Old Trafford move.

That man is Kostas Manolas. The report comes from Italy, namely Leggo. Their piece has been translated wonderfully by the guys over at Sport Witness and the article is claiming that United, along with Juventus, are ready to activate Manolas’ £31m (€36m) release clause.

The report goes on to add that Roma are ‘scared’ about the possibility of losing their Greek centre-half, who is enjoying yet another stellar season in the Italian capital.

Despite being amongst the richest clubs on the planet, United love to penny-pinch where they can and with Manolas costing just over £30million, Edward Woodward is probably loving the idea.

Honestly, though, what’s not to like? Manolas is a top defender who’d single-handedly improve our starting line-up as soon as he walks through the door. Quick, good in the air and excellent positionally, it feels like he’d be the perfect partner for an ever-improving Lindelof.

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