Man Utd handed boost in their bid to sign Napoli centre-back

Manchester United have reportedly been handed a boost in the race to secure the services of Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.

While the Red Devils have been rumoured with the defender for a number of transfer windows, a contract is yet to come close to fruition.

However, Corriere dello Sport suggests that Italian giants are prepared to lower their asking price for the 28-year-old Senegal international defender.

The report claims that president Aurelio De Laurentiis now values Kalidou Koulibaly at £85m, and is unprepared to consider any other fee for the Senegalese defender.

When the Red Devils and other teams have been credited with an interest in the past, it has been reported that Napoli would demand in excess of £100m.

Kalidou Koulibaly still has over three years left on his current deal at Stadio San Paolo.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have reportedly been handed a boost in the race to secure services of Napoli striker Dries Mertens.

With the Belgium international having less than six months left on his current deal, the latter were interested in securing a deal in the winter transfer window, only for a move to never materialise.

While Mertens can still hold discussions with foreign teams about his future, the 32-year-old stayed in Naples has provided his current team with an opportunity to agree on fresh terms.

However, according to the Daily Mail, Gennaro Gattuso’s side have made little progress in recent negotiations with their long-serving forward.