Manchester United have been told that they’ll have to stump up £70million to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly this summer.
That’s according to Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb, per Devon Live. The Senegal international has gone from strength-to-strength since his Serie A arrival back in 2014. Last season was by far his most impressive, though, as he was at the heart of a terrific side that challenged Juventus for the title until the final stages of the season.
It comes as no secret to see Jose Mourinho’s men linked with a move for another centre-back. Victor Lindelof struggled to assert himself, Phil Jones didn’t fill us with confidence and Eric Bailly was constantly injured. Chris Smalling was the only constant. He needs help.
Koulibaly is quick, strong and agile. At 26, he’s rapidly approaching his prime, which is ideal for United. At this point, they need the ready-made player. They crave for someone who can come into the side and make an impact straight away.
There is no doubt that Koulibaly would fit in seamlessly, but it would be a big-money gamble from Edward Woodward, should he choose to back-up United’s interest with a concrete offer.