Man United see £80m bid rejected by Euro giants for 27-year-old star

Napoli rejected the offer from Man United about their centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. Red Devils keen to strengthen the back-line and their primary target is Senegal international who had an impressive season and proved his greatness one more time.

Jose Mourinho was keen to sign a new central defender in the summer and had targeted Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Leicester City’s Harry Maguire. But United’s hierarchy decided not to back Mourinho by signing what would have been a third centre-back during the Portuguese’s reign at Old Trafford. According to La Repubblica, United have also tabled an offer of £80m for Koulibaly, but the bid was swiftly rejected by Napoli. United have informed Napoli that they are willing to offer the same transfer fee next summer, but the Serie A club are adamant that the Senegal international is worth more.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is reportedly asking for upwards of €100m (£89m) for Koulibaly. The 27-year-old has also attracted interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and Bayern Munich. Mourinho also has several centre-backs on his list like Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng, Nikola Milenkovic,  Matthijs de Ligt and Raphael Varane.