Manchester United are stepping up their interest in AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas and are reportedly ready to meet his €36m release clause during the summer.

The Greece international moved to Italy in 2014 and has made 192 appearances for Roma across all competitions, establishing himself as one of the best centre-backs in Italy.

Manolas has often been linked with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico but Roma have been able to fend off interest in their defender so far, with the 27-year-old even putting pen to paper on a new long-term contract with Roma as recently as December 2017.

One caveat in Manolas’ new deal was the inclusion of a release clause, however, TuttoMercatoWeb claim he has caught the eye of both Manchester United and French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester United are also looking to sign Napoli’s defender Kalidou Koulibaly. But reports suggest they will prefer the option of Manolas who would come cheaper than Koulibaly.

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