Napoli Expect Manchester United Target Kalidou Koulibaly to Leave With Latest Move
Manchester United Looking for a World-Class Centre-Back
Manchester United are looking for a world-class centre-back in the summer.
They signed Harry Maguire in 2019, for a record £80 million, and he has been very impressive. Although it may have taken a while for him to settle in, the Englishman is now an indispensable part of their team, as well as being captain, and he has nestled into that role very well.
The Red Devils want someone first-class to partner him next season.
Their current options are Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, but both have major flaws. The former is injury prone, while also having a very maverick and risky style of play, and the latter is not up to the standard of a title-winning side.
Hence, United’s search for a second central defender.
Samuel Umtiti is one option. When Jose Mourinho was in charge, they wanted to sign him, but the interest never turned into a permanent transfer. This summer they will also make an attempt to persuade him to leave the Camp Nou, swapping it for Old Trafford, and with Barcelona wanting to fund a return for former player Neymar, and the Coronavirus having delved them into a difficult financial situation, Umtiti is one of the players they will look to profit from.
The Red Devils have also been looking into Koulibaly. Once again this interest is not new, but it seems much stronger than ever before. The Manchester side are ready to pay the roughly £90 million Napoli want, and as the Serie A side are now searching for a replacement, this transfer looks even more likely to go through.
Napoli Expect Koulibaly to Leave — Searching for a Replacement
Napoli’s latest move is to search for a replacement, namely Diego Carlos of Sevilla. In their eyes, the 27-year-old would make for a perfect direct replacement for Koulibaly, and they may need him in the summer with United closing in on a deal.