Reports: Manchester United prepare huge bid for Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly
What's the story?
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The Senegalese powerhouse has enjoyed another great season in the Serie A, missing only three games as Napoli secured a more than respectable second-place finish.
The Gli Azzurri managed to keep clean-sheets in 14 of their 38 league matches over the campaign, with Koulibaly a huge part of this defensive success.
The heart of the matter
The Italian publication states that Manchester United have made Napoli aware of their willingness to do business for the player this summer. It also mentions that the Red Devils have set aside a substantial offer of £84 million in order to tempt the Naples based side into a sale.
Unfortunately for Manchester United fans around the world, who are near desperate for a world-class center half during this transfer window, it seems that the Napoli Club President, Aurelio De Laurentiis has no desire to discuss the potential transfer for anything less than the whopping £130 million release clause inserted into the player's contract when he resigned just last season.
The only way this deal is likely to happen is if Ed Woodward and the Glazer family are prepared to put their hands deep into their pockets and prepare the amount requested by Napoli for the player.
Koulibaly is heralded as the most fearsome defensive linchpin in the league and is deemed an essential part of manager, Carlo Ancelotti's plans for next season.
Consequently, we don't see this one happening unless the Old Trafford based club brings in some serious money via a few player sales of their own.
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