Manchester United close to unveiling first summer signing

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Reports making the round claims Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is close to completing a deal to bring Kalidou Koulibaly to Old Trafford.

Solskjaer is set for a busy summer as they looks to overhaul his current squad.

Napoli defender Koulibaly is believed to be a prime target for Solskjaer having impressed in Serie A this season.

And talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein believes a deal to take the Senegalese star to Old Trafford is imminent.

He said: “The Koulibaly thing, I’ve heard good things that him coming to Utd is very close.”

It could take a record fee to take Koulibaly to Manchester United, beating the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk.

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti recently claimed Koulibaly is the best central defender in the world.

He said: “The best centre back in the world? I would say so.

“And he can still improve. He is worth €150m and he is not available for transfer.

“Koulibaly’s contract expires in 2023, in 2021 there’s a €150m clause but Napoli do not need to sell, the president [Aurelio De Laurentiis] does not want to sell and the question doesn’t come up.”

Manchester United can’t offer Koulibaly Champions League football next season having finished sixth in the Premier League.

But Solskjaer feels United are still capable of signing Europe’s best players, saying: “In the long-term planning we have to think about being in the Champions League next year.

 

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