Manchester United seem confident to step up their efforts to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly – and they could get him for less than they thought.
The 20-times English champions are still desperate for a centre-back after failed attempts in the summer to bring in reinforcements.
Koulibaly was the subject of a £95 million bid from Manchester United in the run-up to the winter transfer window, but the Serie A club rebuffed the move, and it was thought that it might take more than £100 million to bring him to Old Trafford.
Now though, Kalidou Koulibaly’s former representative has said on French TV that the powerful defender could be available for a slightly lower figure – £87.5 million – at the end of the season.
And he has also ruled out a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, who are also understood to be interested in the 27-year-old star.
“PSG already have plenty of central defenders,” Bruno Satin told Canal+. “Maybe he can play at No.10; they already play Marquinhos at No.6.
“But if Koulibaly leaves [Napoli], he will not come to PSG. His transfer could cost €100m (£87.5m).”