Napoli Dig In Their Heels
Manchester United have been told to pay at least £90million for the Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
The 27-year-old is believed to be Jose Mourinho’s top defensive target in the January transfer window as he seeks to shore up a defence that is the joint-worst in the top half of the Premier League table.
But United have been told that Senegal international Koulibaly won’t be leaving Napoli for anything less than €100million. At that price he would be the most expensive defender in history.
The Sunday Times believes that the Serie A side’s president Aurelio di Laurentiis is under no financial pressure to sell. However, he may be open to a January transfer if Napoli fail to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League. They travel to Anfield this week to play Liverpool in a game that will decide who qualifies from the group.
But coach Carlo Ancelotti is believed to be less than keen on parting with a player he believes is key to his side.
Koulibaly has been on Manchester United’s radar in the past. The Red Devils were monitoring his progress in 2016. Chelsea have also had him watched and were believed to be close to signing him at one stage.
Some Italian outlets are confirming that there has been contact between the two clubs. Whether there will be a deal next month remains to be seen.