Ever since Italian prodigy, Nicolo Zaniolo broke onto the scene this campaign with AS Roma, some interesting stories have been covered surrounding his long-term future.
At first it was Unai Emery’s Arsenal who had travelled to monitor Cengiz Under, only to return to North London impressed with the talented Italian.
Then, came Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who have been a central point in the stories, especially since Nicolo’s value has skyrocketed to €50 million, but football fans have never had Manchester United, until now.
An Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport are mentioning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as a potential destination for Giallorossi prized asset
Barcelona owner Josep Maria Bartomeu is adamant that Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho won’t be departing the Nou Camp this summer transfer window in spite of rumoured interest from Manchester United and their league rivals Chelsea.
Coutinho joined Blaugrana from Liverpool for an eye-watering £142 million in January market last year but the 26-year-old star has not had the same kind of effect as he had throughout his time with Anfield outfit, resulting in speculation of a transfer away.
Josep, however, has made it clear Philippe is part of coach Ernesto Valverde’s plans – unless a club activates the midfielder’s exit clause, reported to be a staggering £355 million.
Speaking to a Spanish television station TVE, the chairman said: “Coutinho is an excellent player and he has the coach’s confidence.
“He has a contract with us and he will remain at the team, unless they (another club) meet his release clause.”
Manchester United are reportedly thinking about a €36m summer swoop to land Greece international Kostas Manolas from AS Roma.
According to the Rome edition of Leggo, the Red Devils have turned their attention towards Roma star in their bid to land a centre-hlf in the summer transfer market.
The Premier League club though, will have to match his €36 million exit clause to secure the signature of the player from Serie A outfit.
The defender has come a long way since the star joined AS Roma from Olympiacos in the summer window of 2014.
Nearly five seasons later, the 27-year-old star has gone on to prove himself as one of the best centre-backs in Italy’s top tier, a league which is usually hailed for producing defensive beasts.
But, with AS Roma currently outside the Top 4, there is a chance that the club will miss out on featuring in the UEFA Champions League next campaign.
And, failure to qualify for Europe’s top competition could have serious outcomes, as far as player exits are concerned.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are hoping to take advantage of such an eventuality.
The defence has been the main weak point for the club over the course of this campaign, with Victor Lindelof the only centre-back who has remained consistent during the campaign.
While English star Chris Smalling has been solid lately, the player is known to have spurts of instability in him.
The same goes for Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, while Argentine star Marcos Rojo has become an unreliable person for Manchester United because of his tryst with injuries in the last few campaigns.
To that end, it’s understandable why Manchester United are eager to land a centre-back in the summer transfer market.