Napoli have reportedly had a change of heart regarding Kalidou Koulibaly’s indispensability and are now ready to negotiate his move to Manchester United
United hold a long-standing interest in Koulibaly, as they’ve tried to lure him to Old Trafford on multiple occasions in the past but have seen all of their previous attempts come a cropper.
However, as reported by the Metro, the 28-year-old defender’s future at the San Paolo is hanging by a thread following his dispute with the former boss Carlo Ancelotti, and Aurelio De Laurentiis is now considering his sale.
De Laurentiis is now ready to offload one of Europe’s most highly-rated centre-backs, but only if his demands are met.
Koulibaly won’t depart on the cheap, as the Napoli owner expects to cash in around £100m on his prized asset, and the price seems unnegotiable, according to reports from Italy.
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Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer forked out £80m to persuade Leicester City to sanction Harry Maguire’s transfer about six months ago, he might be forced into another high-cost operation to fix United’s defensive problems.
Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones have both proved unreliable during the first half of the season, and the Norwegian manager needs another strong presence in his backline to bolster the Red Devils’ hopes of securing the Champions League promotion.
But, Manchester United will face fierce competition for Koulibaly’s signature, with Manchester City, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur all looking to take the Senegal international to the Premier League too.