Manchester United wait for Jose Mourinho to approve Kostas Manolas bid

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Manchester United will wait for the go-ahead from new manager Jose Mourinho before launching an official bid for AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas, reports Goal.

Officials from Old Trafford held talks with the Greek defender's representatives last month and received enough encouragement to think a summer deal is possible.

However, there was still significant doubt over who would be in charge next season so they decided to wait until the managerial situation was set in concrete before committing to a bid.


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Louis van Gaal has since been sacked and replaced with Mourinho. The Special One's arrival was announced on Friday afternoon and it is expected a number of new signings will follow him before next season gets underway.

And Manolas will be near the very top of the agenda when Mourinho sits down with executive Ed Woodward to discuss recruitment. Woodward will want an answer on whether Manolas is someone he feels will improve the current squad and/or whether he wants another centre-back.

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Manolas was originally courted by Arsenal in 2014 but eventually chose to join Serie A outfit Roma. He has since shown exactly why Arsene Wenger wanted him, becoming a key part of the Italian's defence over the subsequent two campaigns.

He has attracted interest from a number of Europe's top clubs but Manchester United could jump to the front of the queue with their financial power.


However, the deal could hinge on whether or not Mourinho is still interested in Everton defender John Stones. The Portuguese initiated a very public pursuit of the England international while he was Chelsea manager last summer, offering in excess of £30m before ultimately failing to sign him.

Although he has had an indifferent season with the Toffees, the asking price has only increased with £45m now required to seal his services. Alternatively, Mourinho is also believed to be interested in Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, who he rated highly during his Bernabeu reign.


But for now, it seems the priority lies in attack with a deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic believed to be within reach. The Swede could not have dropped more hints about his future in a press conference on Thursday, admitting he has a great relationship with Mourinho and that there have been concrete offers from the Premier League.

With Marcus Rashford the only real out-and-out striker in the senior squad, Ibrahimovic can provide some much-needed quality in attack but could also be an ideal mentor for the hot prospect.

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