Transfer rumours

Manchester United target Konstantinos Manolas has spoken amid rumours that he might seek to exit Serie A for the Premier League.

The Greek defender has a €36m (£30.8m) release clause and his next destination have been touted to be Old Trafford. But he has revealed his love for Rome, therefore, pouring cold water on the suggestions that he might be leaving after all. Man United are understood to have prioritised the signing of a centre-back since last season and that might be made urgent after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reported to have told his bosses that he wants Marcos Rojo out by next season alongside Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Valencia.

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“I have my life in Rome and I’m happy there. My life is very simple. I spend most of my free time at home with my family. I like it. I approach my career like I do life: I can go high and get great results, but I always have to keep my feet on the ground and remember where I started. Football, like life, gives you nothing. You have to fight to reach your objectives. My grandfather gave me my first pair of boots when I was little. My mother said that my first word was ‘objective’ while holding a football, not ‘mum’ or ‘dad’. Something inside me made me understand right away that I’d become a footballer, although I did very well at school.” Manolas told Il Turista.

Raphael Varane, Kalidou Koulibaly and  Leicester's Harry Maguire are the other defenders understood to be on Man United's radar

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