As per a report from Nicolo Schira of the Gazzetta Dello Sport, Manchester United have seen a big-money offer for Napoli star Kalidou Kolibaly rejected by the Partenopei.
Koulibaly, a 27-year-old central-defender, has long been regarded as one of the finest stoppers in world football.
The Senegalese international possesses all of the desirable traits of a modern centre-half, combining superb athleticism and leadership qualities with a stellar reading of the game and ever-improving defensive nous.
Additionally, Koulibaly is also more than capable of stepping out of his berth at the heart of Napoli’s back-4 to set the Partenopei’s free-flowing attacks in motion from deep.
The stopper’s performances in helping his side to the runners-up spot in Serie A this season, meanwhile, saw Koulibaly named as the Italian top-flight’s finest defender over the weekend:
Best defender in @SerieA 2018/19: a title that makes me proud. A great satisfaction to share with my teammates, coach, club and supporters: thanks to everyone 💪🏿
— Koulibaly Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) May 18, 2019
Man United rebuffed
However, with the Premier League transfer window having opened last week, Koulibaly has inevitably already been linked with a potential summer exit from the Stadio San Paolo.
English giants Manchester United have long been named as keen admirers of the talents of the African, with the Red Devils’ abysmal defensive record this past season no doubt set to see Ed Woodward and co. target reinforcements at the heart of the club’s backline.
But, as per the aforementioned report from Italian journalist Nicolo Schira this afternoon, United’s opening summer bid for Napoli’s crown jewel has been firmly knocked back by the Serie A outfit.
United’s offer, said to have been worth a hefty 110 million Euro, was not enough to convince notoriously-stubborn Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis into parting with his side’s star defender, with Schira adding that the Italian patron has no intention of allowing Koulibaly to leave over the coming months:
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) May 20, 2019