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Transfer Talk: Manchester United keen on to agree deal for Napoli key defender


Napoli are allegedly ready to sell star defender Kalidou Koulibaly during this summer’s transfer window.

The Senegalese centre-back has been linked with a transfer away from Naples over the last couple of seasons, but it is thought that the Serie A giants had set an asking price of £100 million for the 29-year-old, which scuppered his chances of quitting the club.

A recent report stated that Partenopei needed to make cuts in the upcoming market because of the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak, with Kalidou’s valuation potentially dropping to around €45 million (£39 million).

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian side’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants the experienced central defender off the wage budget and is therefore willing to sanction a summer exit.

Manchester United have been heavily linked with the ex-Metz youngster, who has netted once in 30 appearances at club level during the 2020-21 season.

Red Devils head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to want a partner for Harry Maguire next term and have identified a number of players for the summer with Kalidou one of them.

Elsewhere, Manchester United star Paul Pogba is yet to receive a new contract offer from the Red Devils, according to a recent report.

The Frenchman’s long-term future has been a major talking point over the past few transfer markets, and with his Old Trafford deal due to expire at the end of next campaign, speculation is rife over his next career move.

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