Paper Talk: Man Utd hatch plan to sign Roma star after new Godin snub

James Marshment

Manchester United will turn to a Roma star following another rejection from a long-term target, while Tottenham’s fears over keeping star man Christian Eriksen appear to have taken a nosedive, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Manchester United have made clear their intentions to sign Roma defender Kostas Manolas this summer, according to reports.

United are ready to turn to the Greece defender after being priced out of a move for No 1 target Kalidou Koubaly, who would reportedly cost in excess of £100million.

United had hoped to land Manolas this month, but the Daily Mirror claims enquiries for the player have unearthed the news that his exit clause – set at a relatively modest £30.5million – only becomes active in the summer.

However, unless Napoli change their stance over Senegal powerhouse Koulibaly, then it looks like the 27-year-old Greece international will be moving to Old Trafford this summer.

Speaking last July, Manolas named United as one of the clubs he dreams of signing for.

He said: “It’s only natural you want to play for the biggest clubs, like Barcelona , Manchester United , Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.

“I think I could make the difference anywhere I went, even at Barcelona – although I have never spoken to them.”

Reports in Italy further back up claims that United want to sign Manolas – but interestingly it’s claimed the Red Devils will turn to the Roma man after being delivered yet another snub from long-term target Diego Godin.

The Uruguay defender is out of contract at Atletico Madrid in the summer and Tuttomercatoweb claims United have failed with yet another approach for a player they went for in both the last two transfer windows.

The 32-year-old is instead closing on a move to Inter Milan.


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