Ultimately, Manchester United’s 2018 summer search for a defender came up short, now, it looks as though they’ll have to wait until this season ends to land the man they really want.
According to ESPN, the Red Devils will be forced to give it another six months before making a firm approach to sign the world-class Kalidou Koulibaly, with Napoli unprepared to let him leave during his transfer window.
United had hoped that Napoli’s Champions League exit may have meant that the man from Senegal would have been easier to obtain, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
There is some good news, however, with the report from ESPN claiming that Koulibaly is ‘open’ to an Old Trafford move – and what a signing he’d be.
Quick, strong, tough in the tackle and great in the air. The 27-year-old would instantly be our best defender, and you’d imagine he’d have a similar impact to that of Virgil van Dijk when he made the move to Liverpool.
Having only signed a new contract recently, keeping him tied down to the Naples-based club until 2023, Koulibaly would have a hefty price tag but there is no doubt that United could afford to pay whatever the asking price.
At this point in time, waiting to sign Koulibaly seems reasonable due to the fact that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only in charge on an interim basis. Perhaps the new manager may not fancy buying him as his new centre-back, but it’s good to see the Red Devils putting the feelers out there.