Date: 14th May 2019 at 11:22am
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talkSPORT broadcaster Andy Goldstein has said he’s heard that Man United are “very close” to landing Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. 

The Mirror reported that the enforcer is the number one target for United this summer and that it could take a fee bigger than the £75million Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk to land him.

Talking on talkSPORT, Evening Standard journalist Simon Johnson said, “Koulibaly they’ve been after for a a long time, they need that strong centre-half.

“The Express quoted £75m but Napoli are notoriously tough to negotiate with and I think you’re looking at close to £100m.”

Goldstein replied, “The Koulibaly thing, I’ve heard only good things about the fact that him coming to United is very close.”

OPINION

How Man United need a boost this summer. Their defence has been absolutely woeful this season and they need a leader in the middle. Koulibaly is the man they want. They’ve reportedly made him thier number on target and the 32-times capped Senegal international is exactly what they need. We’re a little surprised that United still have this pulling power without Champions League football, but one thing they do have is a lot of money and they’re still Man United. But it will take a lot to land Koulibaly, according to Simon Johnson, of the Evening Standard. £100million seems about right if you think of the money that quality defenders are going for these days. And then there’s his wages on top. If Goldstein is right though, a quick deal for Koulibaly will go some way towards pacifying disgruntled Man United fans this summer.