In a rare move, Manchester United actually take a stance on a player that was linked to a move to Old Trafford in the summer and aren’t interested in bringing a player that they have been rumored to be coming to United.
Although the team regards Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly as one of Europe’s best defenders, they are confident in their backline players and aren’t interested in bringing Koulibaly in.
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis said Koulibaly was worth £250million after United’s Harry Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender in a £80m move to United from Leicester City eight months ago but the Senegalese international turns 29 this year and United’s preference is to sign long-term targets aged between 23 and 28.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made defensemen a priority last summer and with the addition of Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka along with new contracts for Axel Tuanzebe, Victor Lindelof over the last 12 months, and triggered the two-year extension in Eric Bailly’s contract in January, United are more than content with their options in defense.
Throw in the mix Luke Shaw and a potential return of Chris Smalling from Roma and the United backline is packed with talent so the money that Koulibaly is rumored to command could be better used to bring in attacking midfielders that United are prioritizing this summer.