Manchester United ‘are now the favourites to snap up £80m-rated Kalidou Koulibaly after PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid pulled out of moves… but Liverpool, Spurs and Newcastle are all interested in the defender’
- Manchester United are now favourites to snap up Kalidou Koulibaly
- European rivals PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid have turned elsewhere
- But Red Devils still face domestic competition including rivals Liverpool
Manchester United are now reportedly in pole position to land Kalidou Koulibaly this summer with his club Napoli willing to lower the price of the in-demand defender.
The Red Devils have been long time admirers of the centre-back who turns 29 this month and has attracted interest from an array of top European clubs.
Should he leave Naples in the summer then United are favourites to land him in a deal which could be for just £80million according to Italian publications La Repubblica and Il Mattino.
Manchester Utd are reportedly favourites to sign Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli this summer
Although the fee still remains high, it comes following Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis having rejected offers for around £90million last year.
The lower fee now comes as a result of the coronavirus outbreak that has wreaked financial havoc to teams across Europe.
French reports also claim that European rivals including Paris-Saint Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid have opted to focus on other targets, but United still have competition domestically.
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Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Newcastle United are all monitoring Koulibaly, with the Toon’s interest subject to their proposed buy-out going through.
Much of the negotiation power still stands with Napoli though, with Koulibaly’s contract not expiring until the summer of 2023.
Either way the Serie A side would be set to make a big profit on the defender who cost just £7m from Genk in 2014.
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