Breaking: Man United line up surprise £40million move for Serie A star in January

According to widespread media reports, 20-times English Champions Manchester United are alleged to be preparing a £40 million offer for Italian Serie A side Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam ahead of the forth coming winter transfer window which reopens in few months time.

The 27-year-old full-back has played over 150 mathes for the Serie A side since making a move to Stadio Sao Paolo from French Ligue 1 club Saint-Etienne back in 2013.

According to Napoli based Radio station Radio Kiss Kiss Naples, an offer of £40 million has been submitted for the defender by Manchester United with a move expected to be completed by New Year when the mid-season transfer window opens in January.

However, it is being widely claimed that the stance to let the African star depart the club will be a tough one to make by the Serie A giants because of his tremendous impact in the dressing room including the fact that they have got no key replacement yet for the North African star.

Meanwhile, Portuguese tactician and former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho will attempt his possible best to convince the Old Trafford hierarchy board into making sure they complete the signing of the Algerian international defender who has been tagged as an experienced defender.

The Red Devils have been faced with a rather inconsistent and poor campaign in terms of Full-time results coming out from Old Trafford and there are numerous fears that a UEFA Champions League qualification spot for next campaign will not be feasible.