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The Red Devils are once again one of the major attractions in the transfer rumour mill today, even though they haven't been making any significant attempts to bring in new faces this month.
On that note, let's have a look at the top stories concerning Manchester United today.
#1 Expert predicts Kostas Manolas move
Manchester United have been in red hot pursuit of AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas, viewing him as a solution to their struggling backline. The Red Devils are being touted to make a move for the Greek centre-back frequently, and according to David Amoyal, they might as well make a move to land their target in January.
Making a prediction about the move, Amoyal said,
“There was a ton of buzz on Mino Raiola becoming his agent, Man United fans got excited because they’ve done a ton of business with Raiola. I don’t think he’s in the elite echelon of centre-backs in Serie A."
“I’d definitely put him a notch below the [Kalidou] Koulibalys, the [Milan] Skriniars and the [Giorgio] Chiellinis of the world, but he’s right below it. But Manolas has been working with Raiola for a while - he was the intermediary of the deal to bring him to Roma from Greece."
Amoyal also revealed the price United would have to fork out to sign him, as he said,
“So I wouldn’t read too much into that but I could see Manolas leaving at the end of the season - and this is the key - at the end of the season because he does have an exit clause, very reasonable, €36m, but that is just valid in the summer so you can’t use it now in January.”
“Manchester United planting the seed now really helps, because they can offer him a huge salary. Roma are trying to negotiate a new deal where either they raise that exit clause or they get rid of it altogether, but if Man United tell Raiola ‘we’re going to give him a huge salary’, it’s going to be hard for Roma to get it done."
“So my guess is it won’t be in January, Roma really need him to make the Champions League - Roma need the revenue that comes with that. They’ve been playing a lot better recently, but I wouldn’t really be surprised if Raiola is really planting the seed and preparing this transfer for the summer.”