Man United ready to launch shocking £47.6m bid for Serie A defensive star

January 10, 2017

The latest transfer reports claim that Manchester United are ready to launch a shocking £47.6 million bid for AS Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas, who has been monitored by the Red Devils since the last season.

According to The Sun, Man United’s Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho is desperate to bolster his defensive options in the January transfer window, and with his move for Benfica centre-back Victor Lindelof is slowly breaking down, the Special One has turned his attention to the 24-year-old Greek international.

But it is believed that Roma are not willing to sell their first-choice defender this January and are reportedly holding out for a sensational £52m transfer fee.

Kostas Manolas has been a regular for the Italian giants this term, featuring in all but three of the club’s Serie A fixtures as Luciano Spalletti sit four points behind the leaders Juventus.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have entered the race to sign AS Monaco ace Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has been reported transfer target of their Premier League rivals Chelsea.

The French youngster is one of the most sought-after players across the Europe and has emerged as a key figure for Monaco, who are only two points below Nice in Ligue 1 table.

Man United head coach Jose Mourinho handed Michael Carrick a new one-year deal upon his appointment at Theatre of Dreams and has come to rely upon the 35-year-old veteran in the heart of United’s midfield.