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Kostas Manolas news

Arsenal, United weigh up Manolas bids
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Roma defender Kostas Manolas has reportedly emerged as a target for both Manchester United and Arsenal ahead of this summer's transfer window.

The Greece international is currently in his fifth season with the Giallorossi and has racked a total of nearly 200 appearances across all competitions for the club.

Despite this, his future continues to remain a regular discussion point and according to Calciomercato, both Arsenal and United are monitoring his situation ahead of the summer.

Manolas is said to have a release clause of around £31m on his existing deal and it is suggested that he could favour a move elsewhere, should the Giallorossi fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Roma are presently four points behind the top four in the Serie A and they have recently sought to change their fortunes with the appointment of Claudio Ranieri at the helm.

The ex-Leicester City and Fulham boss has rejoined his hometown club on only an interim role, but he has a good chance of discussing a permanent agreement in the summer, should the Giallorossi seal a top-four league finish.