It has been a long time since Manchester United was last considered a part of Europe’s elite, thanks to their unfortunate decline in quality over the past few seasons.
But under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their new manager, the Red Devils are determined to make a phenomenal comeback and pose serious title challenges in both England and Europe, starying next season.
Solskjaer has already identified key areas in his squad that need upgrades, and it has been reported that the team’s defence is one of his prime areas of concern.
United’s central defence lineup currently includes Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, but none of these players have made any fair impact so far. As a result, Solskjaer’s eyes are set on Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly as he hopes to make a deal for him to switch to United in June.
Express reports that the Norwegian wants Koulibaly who has impressed for Napoli in the past couple of seasons.
However, the Italian side are all set to refuse to lower their asking price from the £110million (€129million) that has already been written into his contract, as per the English news agency.
The 27-year old Senegalese has been scouted by the Red Devils for quite some time now, and provided an agreement on him materialises between Napoli and United this summer, it could set a new world record in terms of transfer fees used for a defender.
The current record is in Liverpool’s name, as they dished out £75million in 2018 January to prise away Virgil van Dijk from Southampton. With Napoli refusing to hear any offers for Koulibaly unless they match his release fee of £110million, the new record is bound to be United’s when the star finally makes the switch.
FOX Sports Asia probability ratings: 3/5; Solskjaer wants to bolster his squad’s defensive setup, and £110million is probably not too big a price for the club. If Koulibaly himself is interested, the deal may happen at the earliest convenience for both parties.