It’s not a secret that Manchester United have been on the hunt for a centre-back over the past few months. And while The Red Devils have been linked with several players, one of the most-repeated names has been Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Napoli centre-back is considered to be one of the best defenders in the Serie A, and Jose Mourinho is reportedly interested in signing him. However, the Partenopei side is not willing to let him go that easily.
According to a report from Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport, United made an offer of €103m (£91.3m) for the 27-year-old. That’s a bit more than the £75m that Liverpool paid Southampton to land Virgil van Dijk and break the transfer world-record for a defender. However, Napoli have rejected the approach and are holding out for a bigger transfer fee.
There’s no question that The Red Devils have enough money to acquire Koulibaly, but the question here seems to be whether United are willing to meet Napoli’s demands, or whether they decide to look elsewhere for other alternatives.
The ball is on Manchester United’s pitch, but they must make the right decision. Considering the team’s lack of quality at centre-back and their glaring need to improve the defence, adding someone like Koulibaly would certainly boost the side going forward.