Arsene Wenger really took of advantage of the last summer transfer window as he bolstered his squad with the signing of up to three established players.
Among those that were targeted in the summer by Wenger include Koastas Manolas,, according to the centre-back’s agent.
Reports suggest United are preparing to bid around £47.6million for Manolas, with Jose Mourinho scouring the market for defensive reinforcements in January.
However, it seems Manolas is also firmly on the radar of the Gunners who made a sizeable offer to bring the 25-year-old Greek international to the Emirates over the summer.
‘Faith in yourself is an important factor and Kostas has a lot of self-confidence. I can’t say where he wants to play, we’d have to see which clubs were interested,’ Manolas representative, John Evangelopoulos, told Sport.
‘Over the summer a proposal worth circa €40m (£35.m) was turned down from Arsenal for Kostas.
‘Arsenal had already shown interest before, but then Roma’s demands were superior to the intentions of the English club.’
Evangelopoulos went on to give clubs the green light to start a bidding war for Manolas in the next summer transfer window, with Chelsea also believed to be interested.
He added: ‘I think in the summer there probably will be something, if there is something. In general in the world of football as in life, it is difficult to make predictions.
‘Kostas plays well and Roma are sustaining their objectives in Serie A and Europe. Manolas is at a very good age, he’s experienced and has the characteristics we all know.
‘Kostas has the chance to play at a superior level and therefore I’ll say he won’t go to China. Football in Europe has so much more to offer than money, such as fame and recognition.’