Koulibaly Move Ruled Out
Manchester United may find it difficult to prise central defender Kalidou Koulibaly away from Napoli according to reports today.
The Senegal international is United’s first choice in the transfer market this summer as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks to shore up a defence that shipped 54 goals in 38 Premier League games this season.
But according to the Daily Mirror, Napoli won’t allow Koulibaly to leave. The paper quotes reports from Italy as suggesting that United have already had a bid of £95 million turned down by the Serie A runners-up.
Gazzette dello Sport reporter Nicola Schira hased claim that a bid of €110 million (£95 million) has been turned down by Napoli. But that bid was lodged with the Italian club in January and it is thought there has been no new bid since then.
What may be concerning for United is that Schira claims Napoli won’t be selling Koulibaly at all this summer. He adds that the centre-back may be sold in the summer of 2020 – but only if clubs match a release clause of €150 million (£130 million) which kicks in at that time.
Reports today claim Manchester United are taking a similar stance over the sale of Paul Pogba. The Italian website Tuttomercatoweb believes the Red Devils won’t listen to any bid of less than €160 million (£138 million) for the France international.
It claims Juventus are interested in re-signing their former player along with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. But such a price tag will deter the Serie A side winners although it may not put off either Real Madrid or PSG.