Former Manchester United target, Soumaila Coulibaly, has just sealed a loan move to Vincent Kompany’s Burnley.
Coulibaly is a long-term interest of the Reds, who considered signing him as a youngster, just before he moved to Borussia Dortmund in 2021.
Now, as The Daily Mail reports, the imposing centre-back has just completed a loan-to-buy to Burnley, where he may very well face his would-have-been teammates had United’s previous approach been successful.
That said, all may not be lost.
United may find their interest in the player revived and validated if he has a good season with the Clarets.
It may help that Coulibaly’s move to Burnley is not permanent.
Initially, he’ll be signing on a loan with a mandatory buy-back clause.
Ostensibly, this will be activated if the player meets certain metrics across the season, which may leave United with some wiggle room to stage a hijack.
Coulibaly is left-footed and comfortable in possession, which would make him a suitable backup for Lisandro Martinez.
At Burnley, it will only help his development to be playing under one of the Premier League all-time defensive greats in Vincent Kompany.
Coulibaly will have a hugely important season ahead of him and will hope to perform well enough to rekindle interest from United.