Man United ready to pay £32million release clause to sign defender: report

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Manchester United’s poor summer transfer window has certainly set the club back a considerable amount, but in football, there is always chance for reprieve.

Perhaps the biggest area of need for the Red Devils is a new centre-back, and it looks as though United’s search has led them to Italy.

According to today’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport (see photo below), translated wonderfully by the brilliant Sport Witness, United are ready to pay Kostas Manolas’ £32million (€36m) buyout clause.

The 27-year-old has been impressing with some fantastic performances for AS Roma over the last few years, and every season it seems like he’s linked with a move away.

To Roma’s credit, they’ve managed to keep ahold of him for a fair while, but once Europe’s elite clubs come calling, their tight grip on the Greek may well be forced lose.

For United, Manolas would completely transform their defence. He’s experienced, quick, tall, strong, tough in the tackle and a real leader. It’s the ability to bark orders at his teammates that’d be the most important, and Manolas alongside Victor Lidelof would be a brilliant pairing, on paper at least.

With such a low release clause, this feels like an absolute no brainer to me. There is little-to-no-risk involved, and it’d allow Manolas to play without any real pressure.


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