Kalidou Koulibaly

Report: Napoli set to play ‘hardball’ with Man United over Koulibaly

Napoli are determined to play hardball over any potential transfer for Kalidou Koulibaly, with a host of Europe’s top clubs believed to be interested in signing the defender this summer.

The Senegal international has established himself as one of Europe’s finest defenders during five years in Italy, and is believed to be interesting the likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Real Madrid.

According to the Independent Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentis is unwilling to part with the 27-year-old easily, and will demand a fee that would eclipse the £75m world-record fee for a defender that took Virgil Van Dijk to Liverpool in 2018.

Napoli’s bargaining position is strengthened by the length of Koulibaly’s contract at the club, with the centre-back having signed a new five-year deal last year.

The news will come as a blow to United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is believed to have made Koulibaly one of his primary targets as he looks to strengthen his squad this summer.

Solskajer is keen to add a new central defender to his ranks, with both Koulibaly and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld reportedly in his sights.