Manchester United could be on the verge of hijacking Chelsea’s move to sign Napoli’s and Senegalese centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly as Jose Mourinho remains active in the market for new acquisition to strengthen his defence.
Koulibaly, since his move to Napoli four years ago, has been dubbed one of the best defenders in Italian football and he was an integral part of the Serie A club team that challenge Juventus for the Serie A title last season before falling just short at the final hurdle.
The defender starred for his country at the World Cup in Russia before they get evicted on Thursday night by Colombian and he’s strongly been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months.
Chelsea were the Premier League believed to have been leading the race to sign him as The Sun reported earlier in May that the Blues were ready to sanction a huge £65m to sign the 6ft 5in central defender this summer.
The Daily Express claim that in-coming Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri – who’s set to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge this summer – wants the club to sign Koulibaly having worked with him at Napoli in recent years.
However, it appears like Chelsea will face strong competition from Manchester United as the Express via Manchester Evening News claims the Red Devils have now made the centre-back one of their key transfer targets.
The Old Trafford club needs to strengthen their squad if they are to challenge Manchester City for the title next season and another centre-back is believed to be a priority as a reliable partner for Eric Bailly needs to be found.