Man United close first after Mourinho era at Old Trafford

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 09/01/2019

Manchester United are closing in on the first signing of Kostas Manolas since Jose Mourinho departure from Old Trafford, according to reports in Spain.

The 27-year-old Roma defender has a £30.75m release clause in his contract but it does not become active until the summer and Red Devils are unwilling to risk losing their man at the end of the season.

The Portuguese coach was clamouring for new center-back last summer with Jerome Boateng, Diego Godin, Kalidou Koulibaly and Harry Maguire all linked with a move to Old Trafford before the start of this current season.

According to Marca, Manchester United are close to signing Manolas as the Greek defender is seen as a positive for Real Madrid’s pursuit of Eder Militao and United are yet to appoint a permanent successor for Jose Mourinho but have consulted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over the club’s transfer targets.

The Red Devils have conceded 32 goals in just 21 league games this term – though only two of those have come in the Norwegian’s four league matches at the club.