Manchester United decide against signing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly: report

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Manchester United have actually chosen against making a move to sign Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli during this summer’s transfer window, Manchester Night News reports.

The Senegal international has actually made 233 appearances during his six-and-a-half remain in Naples where he has built his reputation as one of the very best centre-backs in world football.

As such, he is fondly appreciated by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a current report from La Repubblica declared that United might pay around ₤74 m (EUR80 m) to land his services ahead of arch-rivals Manchester City.

This has, nevertheless, been dismissed by Manchester Night News, who recommend that Solskjaer is content with the main protective choices at hand and Koulibaly is not an ‘essential target’ for the club.

Last summer’s signing Harry Maguire has actually partnered Victor Lindelof at the heart of the defence for the majority of the present campaign and the likes of Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe have actually served as the back- up choices.

During the summer, United will likewise maintain the services of Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling after their particular loan agreements however they will most likely part ways with a number of centre-backs.

Rojo and Smalling appear the most likely to head through the exit door however there are tips that Jones’ future at Old Trafford is bleak, having actually handled simply 2 league appearances this term.

Still, United would have the position covered with Bailly and Tuanzebe using up the deputy functions however the former’s physical fitness stays doubtful, offered he has failed to stay untouched for a whole season.

Regardless Of the Red Devils’ irregular display screens this term, the defence has actually revealed a consistent enhancement. The club have actually kept 9 tidy sheets from the previous 11 games throughout all competitions.

Statistics from Transfermarkt.com

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