Manchester United Football Club are still a few players away from being that world-class outfit that they were a decade or so ago.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer definitely has the Red Devils moving in the right direction. The Baby Faced Assassin deserves credit for making some excellent signings while putting his trust in youth. It really is great to see.
Going into this summer transfer window, United have a real opportunity to get themselves back in the thick of it once again. It all comes down to making the right signings.
Seemingly, amongst the needs for United is a new centre-back. Harry Maguire has one spot locked down, though I get the impression there are still doubts about Victor Lindelof – hence why Solskjaer is keeping a close eye on the market.
Enter Kalidou Koulibaly. The Senegal international has been linked with an Old Trafford move year-in-year-out for what feels like five seasons. Why change the habit of a lifetime?
The story comes from Gazzetta dello Sport’s Monday print edition, translated via the excellent Sport Witness. GdS see Koulibaly as a player who is already gone – thus have decided to take a closer look at where he’ll end up.
Right now, they say there’s a 50% chance the world-class 28-year-old joins United this summer, while putting both Liverpool and PSG as a 25% chance each.
What’s interesting is that the proposed transfer fee has come down from the past. Apparently, ‘cashing in for €70-80m (£62.5-£71.5m) isn’t impossible’.
For a player of Koulibaly’s class, character and footballing ability, this seems like a more than reasonable transfer fee for a player who is slap-bang in the middle of his peak years.
Koulibaly alongside Maguire would be the perfect combination that you could build a team around, though I still feel there are more pressing needs including acquiring a right-winger, striker and central midfielder…