Manchester United are ready to pay €85m to sign Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli this summer.
Koulibaly is widely expected to leave the Serie A club this summer, with both parties accepting that the time has come for him to move on.
La Repubblica explain that the defenders €6m per year deal, which he signed last summer, is now considered ‘unsustainable’ and as such, it now likely he will leave in the summer transfer window.
Manchester United are one of the clubs to have been heavily linked and according to the newspaper, are willing to spend big to secure him.
They say that United have moved ahead of Manchester City in the race for Koulibaly and are willing to spend ‘ten times’ the €8.5m Napoli paid to sign him from Genk.
That ‘should be enough’ to convince Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis to sell as it would represent a ‘monstrous capital gain’ for the Italian side.
He had rejected three-figure offers from the Premier League last summer and gave Koulibaly a €6m deal to ward off interest but failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League will make that impossible to pay.
Thus, interest from United is welcome, with them, as well as Manchester City, having moved ahead of PSG with ‘convincing’ offers at this moment in time.
Manchester United are at the front of the queue as they are willing to spend the money to get him, although that could change if there is a ‘revival’ from the Sheikhs at either City or PSG.