Man Utd could run ‘scared’ after Napoli set three-figure Koulibaly price
Date published: Thursday 21st May 2020 11:12
Napoli will not sell Kalidou Koulibaly for less than €100million (£90million), which could scupper Manchester United’s interest in the defender, according to reports.
The Red Devils were last week said to have entered into a battle with Liverpool for the 28-year-old, before offers from both clubs were revealed.
The two clubs are said to have offered less to Napoli in transfer fees and also less to Koulibaly himself than Newcastle, who were said to be in “pole position” for the centre-back’s signature.
Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in a deal but, according to La Repubblica (via Calciomercato), Napoli have demanded that Koulibaly be sold for no less than €100million.
Such a valuation could make United and PSG “scared” and see their interest wane, the report adds.
Meanwhile, ESPN pundit Craig Burley previously explained how United would likely push ahead of Liverpool for Koulibaly if such a tussle occurred.
He said: “Is Koulibaly a great get for most clubs? Absolutely, he is a fantastic centre-half.
“You have to weigh up the pros and cons. He is going to be 29 this summer. There is a financial situation in terms of transfer fee and wages. Man United need him more.
“They’ve got a good centre-half in [Harry] Maguire and then a couple of centre-halves I’m sure they’d like to get rid of.
“Liverpool have ]Joel] Matip, [Dejan] Lovren and [Joe] Gomez, who is a good young player.”
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