Gigantic $122.12m offer made as Manchester United try to secure first summer signing

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​Manchester United’s pursuit of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has hit a wall after the Partenopei reportedly rejected a gigantic £96.2m ($122.12m)offer from the Premier League club.

The 27-year-old has been impressive for his Serie A side in the recently concluded season – scoring twice and assisting two other goals.

His superb performances have however attracted attention of top European club, who are hoping to lure him away from the Stadio Olimpico this summer.

SunSport quoting Gazzetta Dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira report that the Red Devils’ world record fee for a defender has been turned down.

According to the Sun, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis understands that United chief Ed Woodward is under pressure to deliver summer signings in support of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The report further revealed that the Italian club chief is not willing to sell the player below his £130 million buyout clause which comes into play next year.

The Senegalese helped Carlo Ancelotti’s side keep 13 clean sheets, made 31 blocks and won 67 per cent of his tackles.

And his defensive prowess was on show at the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday with a stunning goal-line clearance while the game was poised at 2-0 during the 4-1 win against Inter Milan.

Man United boss Solskjaer wants to wrap up summer shopping before kicking off their pre-season tour in Australia and the Far East in July.


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