Paper Talk: Man Utd handed incentive to sign Serie A defender

Date published: Monday 4th February 2019 8:51

Manchester United have been given a lift in their chase for a Serie A defender, while a Chelsea star has been upset by a derisory contract offer – all in Monday’s papers.



Manchester United are said to be determined to step up their efforts to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer, and could get him for a reduced fee.

United decided to call off their search for a new centre-back in January in order to refocus their efforts on landing their top target from Napoli at the end of the season.

Koulibaly was reportedly the subject of a £95million offer from the Red Devils in the lead up to the January transfer window but that move was knocked back by the Serie A outfit.

But Kouliably’s former agent has revealed on French TV that the giant stopper could be available for a slightly lower figure – although still a massive £87.5million, as reported in the Daily Mirror.

And he has also ruled out a move to PSG, who are also said to be interested in the 27-year-old.

Bruno Satin told Canal+: “PSG already have plenty of central defenders.

“Maybe he can play at No.10, they already play Marquinhos at No.6.

“But if Koulibaly leaves [Napoli], he will not come to PSG. His transfer could cost €100m (£87.5m).”


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