We’ve just gone through another summer where Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was linked to several clubs, including Manchester United.

Before the Red Devils completed the signing of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, their chase for a new centre-back was clear, and the Serie A player was said to be one of the names on their list.

At that time, there were claims saying the Red Devils submitted an offer of €30m for Koulibaly, even though Napoli were said to be demanding ‘at least’ €50m for the move.

Now although a few months have passed, there’s still some talk going on in Italy saying the Old Trafford side were indeed close on making a move for the player.

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Corriere Dello Sport journalist Antonio Giordano was live on ‘Ne Parliamo Il Martedi’, from Canale 8, and claimed that the money that Manchester United would put on the table wouldn’t have been enough to take Koulibaly from Napoli.

“De Laurentiis had the strength to refuse all the offers that arrived for the big names, in particular for Koulibaly,” said the journalist (via Napoli Magazine).

“Manchester United were ready to offer €35m, but the boss made it known that for that amount Kalidou would not move”.