On Christmas Eve, we relayed news from Italy that Manchester United had sent scouts to watch AS Roma’s Kostas Manolas in action against Juventus.

It was also mentioned the 20-time English champions were impressed with the defender’s ‘excellent performance’ against the Turin club.

The Greece international has a €36m release clause in his contract and the Serie A club’s sporting director, Monchi, was working towards extending his contract so that the asking price could be increased further.

Tutto Mercato Web has now provided an update as they claim the negotiations for centre-back’s contract extension have been frozen and he’s unlikely to stay with the Italian capital club beyond this season.

Two clubs have expressed ‘clear interest’ in the 27-year-old and they are the Red Devils and Paris Saint-Germain.

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Manolas leaving Stadio Olimpico in January has been ruled out since Roma made it to the Champions League knockout stages and are in the race to finish in the top four.

In addition to this, the player also has no intention to leave Eusebio Di Francesco’s side in the winter market, but things will be different next summer and his €36m asking price will not be a problem for either Manchester United or PSG.

Fans will be right to treat such a rumour with caution, especially given that it comes during renewal talks.