Napoli Would Find It Hard To Say No To Man Utd Bid For Kalidou Koulibaly

Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly applauds fans after the match.

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Man Utd’s defense simply hasn’t been in the sort of shape that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have hoped for it to. This is despite the Norwegian gaffer adhering to Sir Alex Ferguson’s maxims and investing heavily in defensive players during the summer transfer window.

In spite of that, the Red Devils have now conceded upwards of 17 goals so far this season, with cleansheets presenting themselves as a rare luxury.

This could indicate that the club still does not possess adequate quality at the back, with David De Gea repeatedly being put in spots wherein his centre-backs ensured that no lunge would save a goal from going in.

As of such, the club could revisit a long-sought-after name.

According to the Gazzetta Dello Sport (via SportsWitness), Manchester United’s saga of pursuing Kalidou Koulibaly could be reinvigorated in the coming summer. The Senegalese defender was on the club’s radar ever since the days of Jose Mourinho itself but United found it hard to convince Napoli to sell.

Transfer fees upwards of €100 million were believed to be prepped by the English giants for Koulibaly but a deal never materialized. United eventually settled for Leicester City’s Harry Maguire instead, making him the most expensive defender in world football.

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However, now the report claims that Napoli could be inclined to sell Koulibaly this time around if United make a similar record-breaking attempt. The source adds that the higher-ups at the Serie A giants are considering a massive overhaul of the club.

As of such, a player like the centre-back could easily provide a large chunk of the funds required to invest elsewhere on the pitch.

Victor Lindelof has been largely inconsistent as a partner to Maguire so far this season and while Solskjaer has sought to experiment with academy graduates, there is no denying that a world-record player could do the trick just perfectly.