Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shelved Manchester United’s move for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly and instead wants the club to focus on attacking additions to his squad.
The Norwegian is set to be named manager on a permanent basis this summer after an astonishing three months at the helm since replacing Jose Mourinho in mid-December.
Mourinho’s frustrations with the United board stem from the club’s inability to sign a centre-back last summer and they made late dashes for Diego Godin, Jerome Boateng and Toby Alderwereild.
However, after missing out, Mourinho had identified Koulibaly as his first choice this summer and expected the club to fund a world record move for the defender.
Koulibaly is believed to be keen on moving to Old Trafford but Solskjaer has cooled United’s interest in the Senegalese ace because he wants to strengthen other areas of his squad, according to The Sun.
United had been prepared to smash the £75m that Liverpool paid for then-Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk but Solskjaer will instead prioritise a move for Dortmund star Jadon Sancho as the club look to fill a long-term void at right-wing.
The Norwegian has improved United’s defence since taking charge and has settled on a centre-back pairing of Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof.
While the area is still of long-term investment, Solskjaer feels it’s not a pressing issue this summer and the club are well stocked with the likes of Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo in reserves.