Manchester United’s failures to hire a high-quality defender have reached a new low after the Red Devils saw their whopping £91m offer for the Serie A centre-back comfortably dismissed
As a result of Ed Woodward’s lucrative transfer policy during the summer transfer session, Jose Mourinho is short of reliable defensive options.
Former Inter Milan coach is desperate to reinforce his shaky backline following United’s miserable start of the season. Not only Red Devils conceded 21 goals in their opening 13 Premier League outings, but they have also kept just two clean sheets so far.
Apart from Victor Lindelof, who has finally started to pay off, the Portuguese chief is struggling to find solutions for his team’s defensive troubles.
Now, according to the Daily Mail, Napoli have ‘instantly’ rebuffed Manchester United’s £91m bid for their star defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
Mourinho is a big fan of the Senegalese centre-back whom he wanted to land during the summer. However, the Partenopei’s swift rejection has sent a strong message to all the suitors that Aurelio De Laurentiis has no intention of selling his talisman.
As things stand, Man Utd will have to look elsewhere to find the player they are looking for, with Sampdoria’s Joachim Andersen remaining a potential long-term solution.