Kalidou Koulibaly is ‘very close’ to joining Manchester United.
Since the 2018 summer transfer window, Manchester United have pursued a host of centre-backs – developing talents as well as world-class superstars – in order to sort their defence out.
However, no reinforcements arrived, and their backline has remained leaky, as evident from the fact that the Red Devils conceding an astonishing tally of 54 goals in the Premier League this season.
Now, to properly fix the issues at the back, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to bring in the defender that has been right on top of the club’s transfer wishlist for quite some time: Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.
Manchester United are supposedly prepared to do whatever it takes to secure the Senegalese international’s services this summer. And according to TalkSPORT host Andy Goldstein, this deal is closer to completion than what everyone believes.
“The Koulibaly thing, I’ve heard good things that him coming to Utd is very close,” Goldstein has been quoted as saying (via Express).
Champions League football will be absent from Old Trafford next season, but in spite of that, the club remains capable of attracting huge superstars, according to Solskjaer.
#MUFC appear to have made good progress with the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli; there's a feeling this is a transfer that could happen
— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) May 14, 2019
The Norwegian admitted as much in a recent interview, wherein he stated: “You’d be surprised how many players’ agents have been touting, telling us their players would love to be a part of Manchester United in the future.
“That’s the lure, the potential and size of the club, [the belief] that we will get back to the good days. We’ve not been up to the standards we expect, but it’s up to me and the club and that may mean a season without Champions League, who knows?
“But players still want to come to Manchester United and you wouldn’t be surprised by the names that ask.”
Could Kalidou Koulibaly be one of those names after all?