Over the weekend, journalist Duncan Castles reported for the Sunday Times that Manchester United officials met Napoli to explore the possibilities of signing Kalidou Koulibaly in January.

He also claimed the Red Devils were quoted a price in excess of £90m (€100m) and Jose Mourinho has made the defender a target.

Rai Sport’s La Domenica Sportiva, via Spazio Napoli, has an update on the Senegalese international and they mention the Serie A outfit will allow the centre-back leave, but only at the end of the season.

It’s mentioned there are three clubs ‘most interested’ in signing the 27-year-old and they are the 20-time English champions, their league rivals Chelsea, and Barcelona.

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Carlo Ancelotti’s side are ready to sacrifice their star player and they value him around €150m, which is a huge leap on Virgil van Dijk’s record transfer for a defender.

They are planning to use the funds from Koulibaly’s sale to reinvest and strengthen the squad and their main aim is to re-sign Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain.

If what’s mentioned in La Domenica Sportiva’s report is true, it is unlikely that any of United, Chelsea or Barcelona will meet Napoli’s asking price for the African defender.

But, it’s football, so you never know.