Exclusive: Man United blow as £30m defender set to stay at Roma

Man United target Kostas Manolas is set to remain at Roma this summer, The Sport Review can reveal

Manchester United are unlikely to succeed in their pursuit of Roma defender Kostas Manolas in the summer transfer window, The Sport Review can reveal.

The Greek international has been touted as a possible target for new United manager Jose Mourinho following the Portuguese coach’s appointment at Old Trafford last month.

Manolas, who is thought to be worth in the region of £30m, has been previously linked with United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool although a move to England has failed to materialise.

The 25-year-old has been a regular in the Roma side in recent seasons and the Greek defender scored two goals and made two assists in 37 Serie A appearances in the 2015/16 campaign.

However, Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli doesn’t expect Manolas to become a United player in the near future after revealing that the Greek star is set to stay, particularly in light of Antonio Rudiger’s injury.

Giulianelli said: “Roma 99%, they will offer him a new contract, especially after the Rudiger injury.”

Manolas has racked up 86 appearances in all competitions for Roma over the past two seasons following his £11m switch from Olympiacos in 2014.

United manager Mourinho has already completed a £30m deal to sign Villarreal centre-half Eric Bailly as the 53-year-old looks to bolster his defensive options at Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal utilised Daley Blind and Chris Smalling as his first-choice centre-halves in the 2015/16 season with mixed success.

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