Kostas Manolas played the full 90 minutes for AS Roma in their 1-0 defeat to Juventus at the Allianz Stadium as Mario Mandzukic’s first half goal was the difference between the two sides.
Sunday’s report from Italian website Tutto Mercato Web claims that Manchester United sent an official, who ‘observed’ the central defender in action for Eusebio Di Francesco’s side against the Old Lady.
TWM are of the belief the incoming manager at Old Trafford next summer would favour his signing after the scouts of the Premier League club were impressed with the 27-year-old’s ‘excellent performance’.
The 20-time English champions parted ways with Jose Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as the interim manager until the end of the season as they continue their search for a permanent boss.
Roma are willing to sanction Manolas’ transfer at the end of the season and he has a release clause of €36m in his contract.
He recently appointed Mino Raiola as his new representative and the report mentions the Greek international’s association with the super-agent is another indication that he could soon be looking for a move elsewhere.
On December 23rd, Calciomercato also reported that United scouts watched him in action, while they bring in two more possibilities after he became Raiola’s new client.
It’s claimed the centre-back has no intention of leaving the Italian capital club right now.
However, with Raiola being in the equation, things can change and this includes signing a new contract and removing the release clause so that his price tag could rise by a further €10m.
If this alone may not come as a good news for United, another report from Calciomercato from December 24th claims the club will try and ‘snatch’ Manolas after missing out on Kalidou Koulibaly.