Manchester United’s hopes of landing Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has suffered a major blow after the Italian outfit turned down a £95m offer for their highly-regarded defender
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to strengthen his defensive department in the summer after the Red Devils’ fragile backline allowed 54 goals in the recently completed Premier League campaign.
Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have never proved to be United’s material, while Eric Bailey’s ups and downs make him an unreliable partner to Victor Lindelof.
Therefore, the three-time Champions League winners are desperate to capture a high-profile defender as they hope to battle their way back to the top of English and European football.
Koulibaly tops Manchester United’s wish-list for a long time, but the Italian giants have been adamant the Senegal international won’t depart the Stadio San Paolo any time soon.
Manchester United have had a €110m bid for centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly rejected by Napoli. (Source: Gazzetta dello Sport) pic.twitter.com/FaNAjG9pyg— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) May 20, 2019
The 27-year-old has played a pivotal role in Gli Azzurri’s rearguard over the past few seasons, establishing himself as one of the best defenders in Europe’s top-five leagues.
The Senegalese’s importance to Carlo Ancelotti’s team is immeasurable, which is why Aurelio De Laurentiis considers him unsellable.
After finishing as the Serie A runners-up for two years in a row, the Parthenopeans hope to challenge Juventus for the ultimate prize next season, and former Genk man should be the one to leading his team to glory.
Furthermore, Koulibaly’s whopping €150m release clause will become valid in 2020, which makes him unreachable to other teams at the time being.