Despite Manchester United being considerably better defensively recently, it seems as though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still weighing up his transfer options in that area of the field.
The story comes from Miguel Delaney in The Independent, who says that United have a ‘strong interest’ in the Serie A defensive duo of Kalidou Koulibaly and Milan Skriniar. The problem? Manchester City are also keen, with the Manchester clubs set to ‘fight it out’.
Apparently, Solskjaer is ‘mulling over’ how best to use his summer transfer budget, with Jadon Sancho being the number one target. However, the Baby Faced Assassin has been ‘ruminating’ on moving for a striker, a central midfielder or another centre-half.
The report goes on to say that the 29-year-old Napoli man Koulibaly has long been at the top of United’s list, which could put them into a bidding war with Pep Guardiola’s men.
COVID-19 has actually lowered Napoli’s asking price for Koulibaly from €100m (£90m) down to €70m (£63m), which is pretty good considering the man from Senegal is arguably the best centre-back in world football.
As for Skriniar, he’s much younger at 25, while under Antonio Conte the Slovakian is flourishing. United being interested in Skriniar makes more sense to me than Koulibaly purely for that fact as the Baby Faced Assassin has tried to turn this Red Devils squad into a younger one.
Either way, Harry Maguire’s huge error against Bournemouth seemingly has United thinking that they’re still one world-class centre-half away. All titles are built on not conceding many goals and although United have fire-power aplenty up top, another defender would definitely help the Red Devils’ case for a first title in almost a decade…