Manchester United have been linked with Kalidou Koulibaly for a very long time. The Red Devils wanted to sign him last summer and even after the winter transfer window, we covered a report (via The Mirror) claiming that they are determined to get his signing done.
If the latest reports in the media are anything to go by then Man Utd are prepared to make a huge offer to finally lure the Senegalese international. We take a look.
According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Napoli have splashed around 180 million euros to reinforce their squad and now, they have to balance the books with sales that could get them around 150 million euros.
The renowned Italian outlet have mentioned that Koulibaly’s valuation is 100 million euros but in today’s market, this figure might be out of reach. It is claimed that Man Utd have raised up to 70 million euros (£63million) to sign the African star and the Serie A side cannot really reject that big an offer keeping in view the deficit in their accounts.
Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has been adamant over the years as far as the defender’s valuation is concerned and recently, he has claimed that it would take a bid worth 90 million euros (£81million) to hire the services of the 29-year-old star (Sky Italia via Goal).
“Kalidou is a great person, I would be terribly sad to lose him. But there is a time for everything, even to move apart. But the €90m is not on the table and so it takes two to make a deal.”
Last summer, Manchester United paid £80million to make Harry Maguire the most expensive defender in the world (The Guardian).
Koulibaly is the captain of his country and has been named Senegal Player of the Year on two occasions. He has also made it into the Serie A Team Of the Year four times.
So, it will be fair to say that Man Utd will probably have to break the bank again to sign the former Genk man. The question is, should they splash the cash?