Manchester United have launched an opening bid in an attempt to sign a Napoli full-back in January, a report claims.
Full-back Faouzi Ghoulam had emerged as a possible target for both Liverpool and Manchester City in January, with Jurgen Klopp seeking more strength in depth in the left-back department and Pep Guardiola looking for cover for Benjamin Mendy.
Ghoulam had had just six months remaining on his Napoli deal, but has instead put pen to paper on an extension – and he insists he never had any plans to quit the Stadio San Paolo.
“I never thought of leaving. I had decided to stay at Napoli a long time ago,” Ghoulam told Il Mattino.
“The directors knew I never thought of leaving.”
However, Naples-based Radio Kiss Kiss are reporting that Manchester United have launched a £40m bid to try land the Algeria international ‘in the last few hours’.
It is believed that Ghoulam is demanding over £100,000-a-week to move to Old Trafford despite currently earning less than half.
The outlet does go on to state though that Napoli have declined the bid, which is worth around €45million, but does not rule out another possible assault from the Red Devils.
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