Man Utd transfer stance revealed on Solskjaer favourite Koulibaly

Date published: Saturday 25th April 2020 6:44

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The chances of seeing Napoli superstar Kalidou Koulibaly in a Man Utd shirt have been revealed after a recent report outlined the club’s transfer window intentions.

The Senegalese international, 28, has developed into one of the world’s premier centre-halves during his time in Naples.

Colossal performances have seen his name linked with a blockbuster switch to some of Europe’s heavy hitters, with a world record fee for a defender often touted as being required to seal the deal.

That left just a select few clubs with the financial might capable of pulling off such a deal, with one such club being Man Utd.

Koulibaly emerged as a prime candidate to spearhead a new-look defence during Jose Mourinho’s time at Old Trafford, though the club eventually broke the bank to sign Leicester defender Harry Maguire instead.

Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a noted admirer of Koulibaly, with the Manchester Evening News detailing how the Norwegian considers Koulibaly to be ‘one of the best centre-backs in the world.’

However, the same report has revealed that the club’s future transfer plans are firmly focused on bolstering their attacking options, all but ruling out the possibility of Koulibaly becoming a Red Devil.

Solskjaer is described as being ‘content with his options’ at the back after his current crop of defenders kept an impressive nine clean sheets in their last 11 games prior to football’s hiatus.

Along with the aforementioned Maguire, Utd are well stocked in the centre-half department, with frequent defensive partner Victor Lindelof signing an extension to remain with the club in September of last year.

 

Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling also remain on the books, with the latter expected to return to Manchester after current club Roma came to a frustrating conclusion over his future.

Despite the immediate impact of January new boy Bruno Fernandes, the article namechecks two forward-thinking superstars who are sure to get Utd fans’ pulses racing.

England internationals Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish are deemed to be the club’s ‘main targets’ in the summer window, though Borussia Dortmund will reportedly play an ace card in their attempts to block Sancho’s departure.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa captain Grealish will be deployed in an unexpected role in the Man Utd team if the club are able to secure his signature.

 

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