Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly could reportedly be the subject of a £100m bid from Manchester United with manager Jose Mourinho keen on bolstering the club’s frontline during the forthcoming transfer window.
According to Evening Standard, the Red Devils are deemed to have already failed with two offers for the former Genk man but they are prepared to make a third approach worth £100m which would break the transfer record for any defender.
United boss Mourinho had been desperate to pursue a new central defender during the summer transfer window and Koulibaly was one of the players highlighted by former scout Javier Ribalta.
However, the club decided to focus their attention elsewhere with Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Jerome Boateng on their wishlist but ultimately none of the trio made the switch to Old Trafford before the transfer deadline.
Amidst this, United have experienced one of their worst seasons in the Premier League era and the club’s backline has unsurprisingly been the point of weakness with them already conceding more than 90 percent of their tally from the previous campaign.
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has generally played hardball when it comes to discussing transfer deals for any of the club’s players but a £100m seems the benchmark which they would find difficult to refuse for Koulibaly.
Nonetheless, United are not placing their sole emphasis on the Senegal international with Alderweireld and Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar also on their radar before the transfer window reopens next month.
Alderweireld is understood to have a release clause worth £25m on his Tottenham deal which would be available next summer when he enters his final year, and that could give United the advantage in sealing a mid-season deal, should the Belgian continue with his contract standoff.
Skriniar, on the other hand, has more than three-and-a-half years remaining on his existing deal with the Nerazurri, but he could be tempted to join the Red Devils after the San Siro outfit failed to progress to the knockout phase of the Champions League.
United are currently lingering eight points behind the top four positions after the opening 16 games of the season and anything less than a win over arch-rivals Liverpool this weekend may further hamper their prospects of securing Champions League football next season.
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