Manchester United could end up empty-handed in their pursuit of Kalidou Koulibaly given the asking price Napoli are demanding for the central defender.
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The club is ready to invest in their defence after enduring their worst ever defensive campaign in the league conceding 52 goals.
Koulibaly has been on United’s cards for a long time now as speculations have gone rife about his future in Naples.
The Senegalese will come at a premium, however,
And the asking price could be too colossal even for the likes of Manchester United to match according to BBC reporter David Ornstein.
“One of their priorities is at centre-half as we know,” he said on BBC 5 Live.
“Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli. I’m told they love him.
“And the only problem with that is that he is extremely expensive. Napoli don’t need to sell.
“I think in 2021 he has a buy-out clause of €150m (£130m) and he has a few years left on his contract.
“So either they’ll be looking for a younger talent who can emerge to make that position his own or somebody proven.”
Should United go out of their depth to sign Koulibaly, It would deplete a massive chunk of their transfer chest meaning they may have to bow out of their attempts for other transfer targets most notably Jadon Sancho.
“The big one which not people have spoken about is Jadon Sancho,” Ornstein further added.
“Now Jadon Sancho is among the top targets at Manchester United I understand. And Manchester United would be his preferred option if he was to come back and return to the Premier League during this transfer window.
“I’m told that a couple of months this was looking like it would be nailed on.
“However, he [Sancho] is reluctant to give up Champions League football. He is reluctant to join an unstable club. He wants stability, and he wants to win things.
“I’m told ‘never say never but as things stand it’s 50/50 on that one’.
“PSG, Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona have also shown firm interest in him. But there’s been no other interest from Premier League clubs.
“He won’t move for the sake of it, it has to be right for him and the fee this summer would be in excess of £100m.”