2019 is upon us and it brings along with it the January transfer window. Many deals have been allegedly in the working from weeks altogether, largely in an attempt to finish up formalities and paperwork as early as possible.
One deal whose future has been under some doubt following Manchester United’s sacking of Jose Mourinho is that of centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Napoli defender was thought to be Mourinho’s go-to signing in the winter, an expensive solution to United’s defensive woes.
However, Jose’s sacking and the pending appointment of a full-time gaffer in the summer has led many to speculate that the deal won’t occur in January and that the club may not purchase at all in this window. Now, a recent development may have altered that mood.
The Senegalese defender was the subject of racist chants when Napoli took on Inter Milan on December 26. This horrible incident was condemned by the football community, and Paul Pogba was one of the players who sent a strong message of support to the player.
In response, Koulibaly stated the following: “Thank you my bro for the supporting! Congratulations for the goals and the victory! See you soon bro”.
The ‘see you soon’ aspect of the message hasn’t slipped past supporters, who have taken this as surefire confirmation that the 27-year-old is headed to Old Trafford.
Most of them took to social media to share their theory and it is certainly hard to explain what else those words could have meant.
If signed, Koulibaly is expected to cost United the world record fee paid for a defender – a sum that is a combination of how good he is on the spot as well as how badly Napoli want to hold on to him.
The deal would certainly be a smart one, since even United’s prospective gaffer is bound to plug their backline.