Manchester United ready to trigger release clause of experienced Serie A defender, not Koulibaly

Manchester United are reportedly considering the prospect of triggering the release clause present in the contract of AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas.

The Greece international has been with the Giallorossi for the past four-and-a-half seasons but his future has recently become a discussion point amid his reluctance to pen a fresh deal which would eliminate his present escape clause.

According to The Express, the Red Devils are weighing up a possible winter move for the former Olympiacos man, who is apparently available for just £32.5m based on the clause available on his contract.

Manolas has been widely regarded as one of the most consistent defenders in the Serie A and he was an influence performer for the Giallorossi during their run to the Champions League semi-final last term.

Still, he has flirted with the possibility of leaving the Capital club on a few occasions and he nearly made the switch to Zenit last year before concerns regarding the currency involving his payment scuppered the move.

Since December, United have been linked with the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Kalidou Koulibaly but Manolas seems the most viable option without them having to pay over the odds.

Alderweireld is currently contracted to Tottenham Hotspur until June 2020 and it appears that the club could take a risk with him for the season despite the possibility of a £25m release clause being triggered in the summer.

Meanwhile, United are deemed to have already failed with a club-record move to sign Koulibaly, according to Napoli’s president, who has clarified that the Senegalese won’t be leaving the club at any cost this winter.

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