By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Manchester United have not hidden their intention to secure the services of 28-year-old Senegalese international defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
Latest reports from Italy suggests that the Red Devils will have to battle for the defender’s signature with not just Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain who have also manifested an interest in the player’s signature, but also have to fern off their bitter rivals Liverpool.
Liverpool are looking to build what could be the best central defensive partnership in the world by associating Koulibaly with rock-solid Dutch defender, Virgil Van Dijk.
On their part, United were looking to get a long term partnership for English international defender Harry Maguire.
According to reports from Tuttomercartoweb, Liverpool have made contact with Napoli over the possibility of securing the defender’s services in the next transfer window.
With Napoli currently ranked sixth in the Italian Serie A, they might be forced to move on the former Metz defender who joint them in 2014 from Genk as a result of the current financial impact on their finances as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic but also the fact that they will be missing out of the Champions League next season based on the current league rankings.
Tuttomercatoweb also reports that, if the Reds succeed to get Koulibaly, that could mean an end to Cameroon defender Joel Matip’s stay at Anfield. Matip has been Van Dijk’s favourite partner in defense for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
The prospect of Champions League football at Anfield next season which is the case at Old Trafford could tilt the balance in favour of the Reds.
If Liverpool beat United to the Senegalese defender’s signature, it will be a huge blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United fans.
Napoli’s President Aurelio De Laurentiis has set a huge price of €100million for the defender who has openly admitted his desire to move on if his valuation is met.
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