Manchester United Transfer News: Sidibe, Koulibaly

Sidibe Talks To Begin

Djibril Sidibe Manchester United transfer news
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Manchester United are set to open talks with Monaco over the transfer of the French side’s right-back Djibril Sidibe.

Preliminary negotiations over a move for the France international took place early last month and the French website Le 10 Sport claims that fresh talks are planned for the coming days.

The 25-year-old has seen his campaign disrupted by injury and suspension and he only recently returned to action after suffering a groin strain but he still managed to make 24 starts in Ligue 1 this season.

United boss Jose Mourinho is looking to recruit at least one new full-back this summer with Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw both being tipped to leave.

The Red Devils are already being linked with Juventus left-back Alex Sandro. Now, they could make a move for Sidibe on the right flank.

However, Monaco will play hardball over the size of the fee. The Ligue 1 side will demand more than the £50million they received from Manchester City for Bernard Mendy last summer. Sidibe could go for £55-60million including bonuses. With Sandro also set to cost in excess of £50million it would mean United spending over £100million on their back line.

Sidibe moved to Monaco from Lille for €15million (around £13million) in the summer of 2016.

£105m For Manchester United Target Koulibaly

Manchester United are also expected to be in the market for a new centre-back. However, Napoli have put a huge price tag on Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly.

RAI Sport in Italy claims that the Serie A side’s coach Maurizio Sarri met yesterday with club president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Koulibaly’s future formed part of the discussion.

Napoli will demand at least €120million (£105million) for the 26-year-old who was a transfer target for Chelsea in the summer of 2016.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid have all been linked with Koulibaly. If Napoli did realise their price it would make Koulibaly the most expensive defender in history eclipsing the £75million Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January.