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Reports: Manchester United eyeing a move for Serie A superstar with the player keen on a Premier League switch

Yash Sharma
1.71K   //    07 Feb 2019, 12:32 IST

New manager Solskjaer would look to sign some big names in the summer.
New manager Solskjaer would look to sign some big names in the summer.

What's the story?

According to the English media outlet, Evening Standard, Manchester United's transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly is keen to join the Red Devils in the Premier League.

While Solskjaer's arrival has turned Victor Lindelof's fortunes to good, the English giants are in pursuit of a top-notch centre-back to work alongside the Swede in the heart of United's defence.

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Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the most demanded players in Europe. His rigid defensive attributes and abilities to handle pressure have made him a hot prospect in European football.

The 27-year-old has been a transfer target for the Red Devils since last summer. After two failed attempts to secure the services of the Napoli star, Manchester United are confident that Napoli would be willing to negotiate a deal in the approaching summer.

According to the report, Ed Woodward is willing to make significant funds available in the summer for the signing of a top-notch defender and star man Kalidou Koulibaly tops their wishlist.

The heart of the matter

The Swedish international, Victor Lindelof, has settled well in the United defence. However, Solskjaer is yet to know his best centre-back pair after spending one-and-a-half months at the Old Trafford touchline. With Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, and Marcos Rojo all failing to establish themselves alongside Lindelof, the Red Devils are targetting Napoli superstar, Kalidou Koulibaly.


Solksjaer's arrival has brought back the belief within the United squad. However, the right-winger position and an unsettled centre-back duo stills remain to be a problem for the Red Devils.

Whether or not Solskjaer gets a permanent job at the Old Trafford, the Red Devils would approach the transfer market in the summer in pursuit of a top-quality centre-back.

What's next?

Manchester United are currently on the fifth spot of the Premier League table - 14 points adrift of the leaders and local rivals, Manchester City.

Solskjaer's men would fight for the top-four spot to secure Champions League football next season, with just two points separating them from fourth-placed Chelsea FC.