Manchester United have been linked with Kalidou Koulibaly for a very long time and the Senegalese international is once again in the lime light.
Back in February, The Mirror reported that the Red Devils are determined to sign him in the summer transfer window. However, despite being linked with the African star in the summer (90min – Corriere Dello Sport), the Old Trafford outfit failed to lure him.
If the latest reports in the media are anything to go by then Man United could move to finally sign the former Genk defender in the January transfer window but they face heavy competition.
According to Fabio Santini (via Arena Napoli), the likes of Man United, Man City and PSG are chasing the signature of Koulibaly but Liverpool are the most serious and the PL champions are even prepared to meet Napoli’s asking price of 70-75 million euros (£63m-£67m) to get the signing done in winter.
The Italian journalist stated:
“Attention: I have sensational news about Kalidou Koulibaly. Manchester City and (Manchester) United are on the Senegalese defender as well as PSG.The club that is more serious for the Senegalese is Liverpool. The Reds offer to Napoli a figure between 70 and 75 million euros, the sum that De Laurentiis asks.”
In recent years, Man United have splashed a lot of cash to strengthen their central defense. Bailly was lured in 2016, Lindelof was signed in 2017 and then last year, Maguire was made the most expensive defender in the history of the game.
Have things improved in the back-line. Not really. This term, United are yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League and have already let in no fewer than 12 goals (3 goals per game). So, perhaps they still need a leader in the defense because their skipper has not proved to be good enough.
Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the best central defenders in the world and that is why he is wanted by some of the biggest clubs in Europe. The two-time Senegalese Player of the Year will turn 30 next year and in all fairness, his asking price is high.
The Senegalese has won every major prize in Italy apart from the Serie A title and Napoli have started the season strongly. The San Paolo outfit will not be taking part in the Champions League this season, therefore, a move to CL club in the middle of the campaign could be tempting for the highly rated central defender.
In your opinion, should Man United meet the asking price to sign the 33-capped international in January?