Manchester United have reportedly let Napoli know they are
preparing a mammoth bid to sign their star defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Senegal international is one of the best defenders on
the planet and could be on his way out of Naples this summer, despite his
contract lasting until 2023.
There has already been talk of a £75 million agreement with
French giants Paris Saint-Germain, which would give Koulibaly the chance to
return to the country of his birth, while Everton have also been suggested as
surprise suitors with the Toffees managed by his former coach in Naples, in
However, United also continue to be linked with the powerful
28-year-old defensive rock, with the Red Devils having seen a reported world-record
offer knocked back for the defender back in ahead of the January 2019 window.
And according to La Repubblica, it is now widely accepted
that this summer will see a parting of ways between Koulibaly and Napoli, with
the club finally ready to cash in after accepting the €6 million a year salary package
they handed him last summer is probably beyond their means with there being no
guarantee of Champions League football next season.
As per the Italian paper (via Sport Witness), United are
preparing what is described as a 'monstrous offer' for Koulibaly and are
prepared to pay €85 million (£74.1 million) - which would amount to 10 times
the fee they paid to bring him to the club from Genk back in 2014.
And they claim that will be enough to finally convince De
Laurentiis - who often drives a hard bargain - to cash in on his prized asset
and give coach Gennaro Gattuso the funds he needs to launch a serious squad
rebuild at the San Paolo Stadium.
The report also states Manchester City could yet launch a
rival bid to beat United to Koulibaly, but the Cityzens' lack of European
football, together with United's long-standing interest in the player, will push him towards Old Trafford.
- TEAMtalk media