Man United ready to bid £84m for top 27-year-old defender – report

Manchester United are putting together an £84m offer for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to a report in Italy

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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Manchester United are preparing a world record £84m bid for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, according to a report in Italy.

Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport, as quoted by Metro, is reporting that the Red Devils are prepared to make Koulibaly the most expensive defender in the world.

The same article states Napoli would still reject an £84m bid for the their prized asset as the Serie A giants look to retain the Senegal international’s services.

According to the same story, the Italian club are under no pressure to cash in on their powerful African defender in the current transfer window.

Manchester United struggled defensively throughout the 2018-19 Premier League season under Jose Mourinho and his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Victor Lindelof was Manchester United’s best defender as Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling all struggled with fitness and form throughout the campaign.

Manchester United conceded more goals than Wolves, Leicester and Everton in the Premier League last term to underline their defensive issues.

The Red Devils finished the season without silverware following a 4-0 aggregate loss to FC Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.

Manchester United suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Wolves in the FA Cup last eight to end their run in the competition after defeating Arsenal and Chelsea FC on the road in the earlier rounds.

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