Manchester United are ready to bin their efforts to sign Kalidou Koulibably this summer after Napoli refused to accept a penny less than £90m for the defender. The 27-year-old remains United’s top central defensive target this summer and it was reported on Tuesday that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were ready to make an £80m approach for the Senegal powerhouse.
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But, according to the Independent, Napoli have responded by informing United that they have no need to sell and any deal for the centre-half will set them back a world-record defender fee of £90m, which together with his salary over a potential four-year deal would cost the club a figure in the region of £150m.
Now the paper claims United will instead move for Harry Maguire in the belief they can persuade Leicester to do business for a fee nearer £70m. That would still represent a sizeable investment for United, but the package for the England man – if they can persuade the Foxes to do business – is seen by club bosses as less of a risk.
Maguire, however, may have to ask for a move in order to push through a move to Old Trafford, given Leicester’s unwillingness to sell.
Failure to sign Maguire will see United target Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar. The 24-year-old, however, has given those rumours short shrift.
It’s also claimed United will bring Aston Villa loanee Axel Tuanzebe back into the fold next season after being impressed by his displays for the Villans.