- Manchester United are keen to land an experienced defender this January
- The side's leaky defense has seen them concede more goals than any of the top six clubs this season
- Efforts to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly seem to have hit a snag
- The Premier League side is however inching close to completing the signing of Kostas Manolas
Manchester United's efforts of enhancing their backline during the ongoing January winter transfer window have been boosted.
The Premier League side is said to be close to landing the services of AS Roma star defender, Kostas Manolas.
According to a UK Metro report citing sources in Spain, United are closing in on a deal for the highly-rated defender.
The report further noted that Manolas has a £30.75 million release clause in his current deal, but it does not become active until the summer.
Therefore, the Red Devils are unwilling to risk losing their target signing at the end of the season, with top European clubs reportedly interested in the 27-year-old.
The Old Trafford outfit is desperate to sign a formidable centre-back after efforts to land one last summer under former manager, Jose Mourinho, failed.
Initially, the side had cast their eyes on FC Porto star, Eder Militao, but Marca contend United are close to signing Manolas instead.
Last summer, the Greek made public his desire to move to Old Trafford, revealing he has always had a dream of playing for the Red Devils.
Despite their disappointing start to the season, United appears to have turned around their fortunes since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who is managing the club on interim basis.
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The Norwegian has led his former side to five wins out five in all competitions, with his real test coming up this weekend when United battle Tottenham Hotspurs at Wembley stadium.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester United are on the verge of securing the signature of Villarreal youngster Adrian Corral in the ongoing January transfer window.
The 16-year-old defender is said to have told Villarreal chiefs that he won't be signing first pro deal with them and looks set for Old Trafford move.
He is now expected to be on his way to Manchester United academy where he will continue his football career under Nicky Buti.
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