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Man Utd to submit record bid for 27-year-old as Solskjaer looks to sign key target

Manchester United are set to table a record £84m bid for Kalidou Koulibaly as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to finally sign the Napoli centre-back

Managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads during the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, Man Utd are to table a huge bid for Kalidou Koulibaly…

Manchester United are set to table a record £84m bid for Kalidou Koulibaly as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to finally sign the Napoli centre-back this summer, according to reports in Italy via the Metro.

Solskjaer is gearing-up for a busy few months as he looks to revamp a squad that finished sixth in the Premier League last season and improving his defence is a priority after United conceded 54 goals in the league alone.

Koulibaly has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and it seems the Senegalese international is once again a prime target with reports in Italy suggesting United are ready to table a huge opening offer for the powerful centre-back.

The Metro are citing Corriere dello Sport as claiming Man Utd have an £84m bid prepared for Koulibaly and are ready to test Napoli’s resolve by putting their proposal firmly on the table.

That kind of money would represent a world record fee for a defender as it would trump the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk, however, it still might not be enough to tempt Napoli into a deal.

The Corriere dello Sport report, as pictured above, claims United’s impending £84m [€95m] offer won’t be enough to meet Napoli’s asking price so the Manchester giants will have to dig a little deeper if they want to get a deal agreed.

Koulibaly has developed into one of the best centre-backs in the world over the past few years so he’d be an excellent signing if United could manage to get a deal done this summer.

The 27-year-old would be a major upgrade on the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, and he could form an excellent partnership with Victor Lindelof if he made a move to Old Trafford.

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However, Napoli are under no pressure to sell as Koulibaly’s contract still has four years left to run so United will have to pay a huge sum to convince the Italian’s to cash-in on their star man this summer.

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