Soccer – Man United have ‘proposed a move’ for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly

Soccer – Man United have ‘proposed a move’ for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly

According to Duncan Castles of the Daily Record, Manchester United are eyeing a move for Napoli stalwart Kalidou Koulibaly.

Napoli standout

Koulibaly, a 27-year-old Senegalese central-defender, made the move to the Stadio San Paolo from Genk in 2014.

The Saint-Dié/Metz youth product has since gone on to establish himself as one of the most highly-regarded stoppers in Serie A, though questions remain over his positional sense on occasion.

Traits which cannot be doubted, however, are the pure pace and power possessed by the dominating African, with Koulibaly regularly lauded for his ability to physically dominate opposing strikers.

Everton bid

As such, it has come as little surprise that a number of Premier League clubs have been reported as expressing a serious interest in Koulibaly’s signature over the last couple of summers.

The African’s physical attributes would no doubt be perfectly-suited to the physical nature of the English top-flight.

Everton were heavily-linked with a move last year, with a big-money bid of 50 million Euro even reported to have been forthcoming from the Toffees.

This past summer, meanwhile, saw both Chelsea and Manchester United named as admirers of Koulibaly’s talents.

In fact, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis even confirmed that the club had rejected a mammoth 100 million Euro offer from the Premier League for his side’s star defender during the summer.

Speaking in an interview with Radio Kiss Kiss, De Laurentiis revealed:

‘It’s true, we had a €100m bid from the Premier League for Koulibaly, but we’re not negotiating his sale.’

‘He’s a very good person and we’ve never had problems with him.’

Kalidou Koulibaly scores a goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and SSC Napoli

Man United reignite interest

However, as per the aforementioned update from Duncan Castles this afternoon, one club who have not been deterred by Napoli’s massive valuation of Koulibaly are Manchester United.

Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho was known to have sought out central-defensive reinforcements during the summer, but, in the end, saw his requests go unanswered by the club’s board.

Nevertheless, Castles assures that the Portuguese tactician remains keen on the signature of a new centre-half.

And Koulibaly is said to be a prime target, as per the Daily Record:

‘According to a club source, Mourinho has proposed a move for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.’

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