Hijacking deals might be the next transfer specialty that Manchester United look to grab control over.
The Mancunian giants have proven themselves to be formidable spenders in the recent seasons, and this winter’s swoop of Alexis Sanchez proves that they are quite capable of beating teams that are linked to big targets.
With the need for an apt centre-back also key to Jose Mourinho’s success next season, the hunt is on. Now, it is Chelsea that is next on their radar, and the player in question is one that has made his fair share of headlines being linked to the London club.
As per Corriere dello Sport, United have joined the race to sign Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, a saga that has been dominated by Chelsea. The 26-year-old defender has no release clause, as clarified in the weeks building up the transfer news.
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This leaves Napoli in a position of immense power as to the final selling price of the Senegalese international. The report claims that the Italian side may ask for a sum that is ‘at least €80m’.
To add to the interesting nature of the situation is that the player himself would ‘happily stay in these parts’.
The sum and any possible increase would certainly make him the most expensive defender in transfer history, which seems to be all that Napoli will settle for.
While they will lose out on a valuable player, it goes without saying that the incoming sum would certainly fund all of their transfer pursuits for the coming window.
However, what could tip the scales in favour of the Red Devils is catchy as well. The player’s agent has made it clear that Champions League football is an important factor in the defender choosing his destination, and that is where Chelsea may suffer.