Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow in the pursuit of Kalidou Koulibaly having seen their mouth-watering bid for the Senegal international outrightly rejected.
The report is according to Gazzetta dello Sport reporter Nicolo Schira, who claimed on his personal Twitter account yesterday (Monday) that the Red Devils offered a whooping £96.4million to sign the 32-cap Senegalese but their bid has been rejected by Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Koulibaly, currently rated at £63 million, is said to have a mammoth £131.5million release clause on his current deal with the Napples, which will only become active in 2020.
Manchester United, however, are clearly desperate to improve the core of their defence this summer and are ready to break the bank to secure the signing of whom they fit would suit their defence properly.
Whilst their £96.4million bid has been rejected for Koulibaly, it’s hard seeing the club offering yet another bid as they could enter into serious issues with UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations.
The Manchester club have go down the rabbit hole since the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson and while Koulibaly looks a great option at the heart of defence in Italy, one cannot really back the 6ft 2 colossus to excel in the Premier League where he will have to deal with a fast play attacking style of play.
It could be argued amongst fans of the Serie A of being a lot tougher than the Premier League but those where in the past as it is nowhere near the high demanding ability style of play in the Premier League.
That being said, United supporters will hope the club can enter into final negotiations for the signing of the centre-back and his fee doesn’t exceed £100million.