Man United are still in the hunt to sign Kalidou Koulibaly.
We’ve been here before. Manchester United are constantly linked with a potential transfer to acquire Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly. Let’s cut out the middle man, this rumour will rumble and rumble until the Senegalese either leaves Naples or retires altogether.
The latest update in the saga comes from Gazzetta dello Sport (Tuesday print edition), translated via Sport witness. Apparently, United remain interested in signing the top-class 29-year-old, with several other teams credited with keenness on Koulibaly.
In terms of other interested parties, Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton are also the possible destinations for Koulibaly. Liverpool have added Ibrahima Konate, City already have a star-studded back line and Everton no longer have Carlo Ancelotti at the helm. To us, it feels like United should be the early favourites.
Understandably, Napoli chief, Aurelio De Laurentiis, would be reluctant to sell Koulibaly, though the reported asking price has dropped to around £43m (€50m).
There has always been a question mark about whether Koulibaly would want to play in England. Well, those fears have been quashed somewhat, with GdS claiming that the player ‘wouldn’t be displeased with an experience in the Premier League’.
It goes without saying, a new centre-back should be United’s top priority. Finding the perfect partner for Harry Maguire could well be the difference when it comes to mounting a serious title challenge.
Although aged 29 and not offering the longevity we’d like, there can be no denying Koulibaly’s brilliance as a footballer. This is someone who could immediately become one of the best in the Premier League as soon as he walks through the door. That’s just how good he is.
For now, I’d wait to see if any other sources back up this story, as we’ve been here year-in-year-out for what feels like the past half-decade…
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