AS Roma 27-year-old star admits he would love to join Mourinho at United

Roma star Kostas Manolas has admitted that he would jump at the chance to join Manchester United.

Manolas has made 171 appearances for Roma since joining the Serie A club back in 2014 but the 27-year-old defender has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea in recent months.

The Greek centre-back scored a dramatic goal in the Champions League last season to knock Barcelona out of the competition and Roma are determined to keep hold of their man. However, Manolas has revealed that United are one of four clubs which he dreams of playing for in the future.

It’s only natural you want to play for the biggest clubs, like Barcelona, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich,’ he told Sport 24. ‘I think I could make the difference anywhere I went, even at Barcelona – although I have never spoken to them.’

A number of centre-backs have been linked with United this summer as Jose Mourinho scours the market for defensive reinforcements ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. While both Jerome Boateng and Milan Skriniar are on Mourinho’s radar, Toby Alderweireld is understood to be the Portuguese’s priority target.

Asked about his future last month, the Tottenham star told De Zondag: ‘I have another two years (on my) contract. ‘Tottenham decides about my future. Of course I have my own idea. But that is not the case now. ‘The past season was tough. But I’m glad that I could play the last four matches.’