Mourinho will break the bank for Kostas Manolas

JOSE MOURINHO is determined to strengthen his defence with a new centre-back and will offer Roma £47.6million for Kostas Manolas.

The Manchester United manager has said he does not intend to buy another defender but behind the scenes is still working on a deal for the Greek international.

Mourinho had initially coughed up £32.5m for Manolas.



That came after talks with Victor Lindelof hit a wall – despite Benfica and Vasteras recently agreeing a sell-on fee. And last May, when Mourinho started looking at which players he would like to sign, he paid special attention to Manolas and team-mate Alessandro Florenzi.

But Roma, who currently sit just four points behind Serie A leaders Juventus, are reluctant to lose one of their most sought-after assets.

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