Manchester United are willing to meet the exit clause in the contract of a Roma star, while Liverpool could start January by allowing two players to move on, according to Monday’s newspapers.
MAN UTD ASK ROMA ABOUT MANOLAS SWOOP
Manchester United have been in contact with Roma about a possible January deal for defender Kostas Manolas.
That’s according to Tuttomercatoweb, via the Daily Express, who claim Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has settled on the Greece centre-half as the answer to their defensive shortcomings.
United have improved significantly under the Norwegian, but he admitted on Sunday he remains unhappy with their inability to keep a clean sheet, with the club shipping goals in all three of his matches in charge so far.
And with the transfer window due to open in less than 24 hours, it’s claimed United have told Roma they intend to meet the €36million (£32.4m) exit clause in his contract.
The 27-year-old has earned himself a reputation as one of Serie A’s most realible defenders and is seen as a cheaper, more obtainable option than Toby Alderweireld, Kalidou Koulibaly and Eder Militao, who have also been linked with United.
Roma are keen to retain Manolas’ services, but will be powerless to act if United meet his exit clause and the defender wishes to make the move.
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Premier League target Jarrod Bowen will not be allowed to leave Hull City on the cheap, boss Nigel Adkins has warned (Daily Mirror)
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Christian Pulisic’s prospective transfer to Chelsea might have been inadvertently ‘announced’ by former Fulham and USA forward Eddie Johnson on Instagram (Daily Mirror)
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Bolton are waiting on the future of loan winger Yanic Wildschut before making plans for the January transfer window as they need to free up wages (The Sun)
Mason Mount is targeting a top-two finish with Derby County after an extraordinary end to 2018 (Daily Telegraph)
Aston Villa are set to recall Jed Steer from his loan spell at Charlton – possibly only for their midweek game against QPR – in the wake of Orjan Nyland’s season-ending injury. New signing Lovre Kalinic is not eligible until Saturday (Daily Telegraph)
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Sunderland should know this week whether exciting forward Josh Maja will accept the club’s offer of a new contract or decide to cash in and move on (The Times)
Southampton midfielder Steven Davis could be back in Glasgow this week to complete a move to Rangers if the club can finance his £60,000-a-week wages (Daily Record)