Kalidou Koulibaly

Manchester United boost: Kalidou Koulibaly eager to make Old Trafford move

SSC Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is eager to join Manchester United in the summer, according to the Evening Standard.

The Red Devils made two failed attempts to sign the 27-year-old in January but are confident Napoli will be willing to negotiate a deal for the defender at the end of the season.

United have prioritised the signing of a world-class central defender in the next transfer window.

Koulibaly keen to make Premier League move in the summer

Kalidou Koulibaly

NAPLES, ITALY – AUGUST 25: Kalidou Koulibaly player of SSC Napoli celebrates the victory after the serie A match between SSC Napoli and AC Milan at Stadio San Paolo on August 25, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

The club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is willing to make significant funds available to sign a defender in the summer.

Former manager Jose Mourinho identified the need to sign a new defender last summer.

The club’s failure to acquire one led to increased tensions with the Portuguese manager.

United looked to add a defender in January, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s improved form prevented the need for a panic buy.

With Victor Lindelof’s upturn in fortunes, the club will look to add another player to feature alongside the Swedish international.

Koulibaly is the number one target but Harry Maguire, Milan Skriniar and Alessio Romagnoli and Toby Alderweireld are all also options.

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Today, Manchester United will commemorate those who died in the Munich air disaster, 61 years ago.

On this day in 1958, 23 people died, including eight players, en route home from the club’s European Cup quarter-final in Belgrade.

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