Manchester United have reportedly been dealt a blow in their chase for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly in their bid to resolve their defensive woes.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival hasn’t stopped the goals from opposition attackers flowing in and so the need to address their issues in the back are clear for all to see.
It’s believed the Norwegian’s main focus is to invest in the full-back positions but there’s a feeling for the need to partner Victor Lindelof with a capable centre-back.
Koulibaly is said to be their ideal signing due to his experience, leadership and obvious top talent which is why he has several suitors in the first place.
United’s chances of signing him are already pretty low, particularly with no Champions League football on offer but it appears as though it’s now near impossible.
According to Calcio Mercato, Correire dello Sport report that Napoli rejected Real Madrid’s €90m offer for Kalidou as they stick to their guns on his €150m release clause.
Given how the Italian side won’t even budge for the Spanish giant then it leaves the Red Devils with almost no chance of signing him.
Koulibaly’s €150m release clause is also a huge chunk of Solskjaer’s reported £200m budget and given the amount of players he still wants to sign, a deal is unlikely.