Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly on a list of four defensive transfer targets, reports say. The Senegal international could leave Serie A behind when the window reopens in the summer. But Manchester City are keen, too, while Liverpool have also been backed to secure the player’s signature.
Manchester United have Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish as their transfer priorities, with the duo impressing for Borussia Dortmund and Aston Villa respectively.
But the Independent say they could sign a new defender, with some inside the club believing that area to be in need of addressing.
It’s said that Koulibaly ‘has long been at the top of United’s list’ when it comes to recruiting players in the centre-back position.
Napoli want £70million for their star asset having previously held out hope of pocketing £100m from any potential sale.
But Manchester City are keen, too, with Pep Guardiola still on the lookout for a defender to replace Vincent Kompany following the Belgian’s exit a year ago.
The report says both United and City also have transfer interest in Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar, who may be allowed to leave the San Siro.
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Solskjaer recently admitted he was unsure how much he’d have to spend this summer, saying: “I think the pandemic has hit everyone really hard.
“I still think we need to wait and see how things are panning out to know the real effects of the pandemic, to know what kind of financial state we are in. You see some teams invest, some teams don’t.
“We’ll have to take a big look at things ourselves to see how hard we’ve been hit. I know the club has announced a few numbers before.
“It’s not for me to say here now we are going to have X amount because I don’t really know. I don’t really know how hard we have been hit. We are a financially strong club, but we are also probably being hit more than anybody else.
“Let’s see how quickly we can get our fans back into the stadium and of course the league position is going to be important for us this season. If we can get a trophy, the FA Cup or the Europa League.
“The Europa League will also qualify us for the Champions League, there’s still a lot of uncertainty and these three or four months, every businessman in the world, every footballer in the world, I think everyone is still unsure what the effect will be.”
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