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Manchester United eyes Torosidis

Manchester United has set its sights on Olympiakos and Greece defender Vassilis Torosidis, according to the Mancunian press, with the Reds already lining up Panionios’s Yiannis Maniatis as replacement.

Manchester Evening News reported on Thursday that United has been following the progress of the Greece utility man as a candidate to take the place of Gary Neville when he retires.

Speaking to a Greek newspaper on Friday, an Evening News reporter cited a source from Athens revealing that United has already sent someone to watch Torosidis, although the Premiership leaders will not confirm anything at this stage.

He did add, however, that the replacement of Neville is not the priority for United at the moment.

Olympiakos is already preparing a bid for Maniatis, expecting to land the Greece right-back during the January transfer window.

The Reds are likely to offer striker Costas Mitroglou to Panionios on a loan deal to aid the completion of the Maniatis transfer.

Olympiakos is also reported to be monitoring Xanthi midfielder Thodoris Vassilakakis, while agents have further suggested Manchester City’s Jo.