Former England boss Fabio Capello says Jose Mourinho wanted to sign two central defenders in the summer.
A whole host of names were linked with Manchester United with Mourinho intent on adding to his defensive options.
Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina and Diego Godin were all linked with United in the summer, but none of those names were Mourinho’s intended targets, according to Capello.
The Italian claims to have met Mourinho at a managers’ meeting in the summer and says Mourinho wanted to sign Inter defender Milan Skriniar and Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly.
Capello told Sky Sport Italia: “I met Mourinho during a meeting between managers last summer.
“He wanted to sign two defenders, one was Milan Skriniar, the other one was Koulibaly.”
Skriniar, who is negotiating a new contract, has been linked with United, as well as Manchester City, Barcelona and Liverpool over the summer, but he was believed to be well don Murinho’s list of targets.
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed in June that the Red Devils has offered £57m for Skriniar in an attempt to lure Inter into a summer sale, but it was since claimed that Inter wanted £70m.
The 23-year-old, who has always stated his desire to stay with Inter, is under contract until 2022.
Gazzetta dello Sport claim Inter have offered the player and his agent Karol Csonto a 50% increase on his current €1.7million net per season to around €2.5million a season until 2023 – a one-year extension.
Koulibaly meanwhile, was more prominently linked with Chelsea and Liverpool and the Blues are understood to have had a £38million bid for the player rejected in the summer of 2016.
The centre-back though decided to stay in Naples and signed a new deal until 2023 this summer.