Man United set to smash transfer record after Solskjaer’s demands to sign 27-year-old star

Manchester United have reportedly identified Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly as their top target ahead of the summer transfer window with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eager to overhaul his failing squad at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils managed just two wins from their last 12 matches of the season and their 2-0 defeat at home to relegated Cardiff on Sunday once again raised serious questions about the quality and attitude of the players at Solskjaer’s disposal.

Ander Herrera is set to join PSG on a free transfer after playing his last match for United at the weekend and Pogba’s future remains in doubt meaning the club may have to dig deep into their pockets for reinforcements in midfield.

However, according to The Daily Mirror, United are prioritising a move for a top-class centre-back with Solskjaer said to be ‘desperate’ for a ‘defensive leader’ in the mould of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool broke the world transfer record for a defender when they signed Van Dijk from Southampton for a fee of £75million in January 2018 and United are prepared to smash it again in order to land Koulibaly.

United shipped 54 goals across the Premier League campaign and the board have accepted that significant funds must be freed up for a quality central defender after Jose Mourinho was left frustrated last summer.

The club are also on the hunt for a right back to replace Antonio Valencia, as well as new recruits in central midfield and attack.