Kostas Manolas’ current deal at AS Roma runs down in 2022 and there’s a release clause of €36m in the contract.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the current campaign could be the defender’s last season with the Giallorossi and his future may be in the Premier League, where he could earn double what he’s currently earning on the Serie A outfit.

Juventus and Bayern Munich are monitoring the Greece international’s situation, but Manchester United are ‘in pole’ position for the 27-year-old.

It’s claimed the centre-back’s agent Mino Raiola has had contacts with the English club as the interest from the 20-time English champions in the player is ‘strong’.

Manchester United have followed Manolas closely on several occasions this season. Monchi convinced him to stay last summer, but things could change after this term, especially if Roma fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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Should that happen, then Roma will be forced to sell a few of their players for ‘budget needs’ and Monchi would hope to eliminate the release clause to increase the asking fee to €50m.

So far, the Spanish sporting director has failed to convince the player and his camp to extend the contract as the talks have not progressed.

Raiola, who works a lot with Roma, would prefer a ‘non-traumatic departure’ of his client in the summer and this could favour Manchester United.