THE LOWDOWN: Who is Kalidou Koulibaly and What Can He Bring to Man United
Kalidou Koulibaly has established himself as one of the best centre-backs around in recent season with his impressive performances with Napoli.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs major defensive reinforcements this summer, as it’s been widely reported on. A defensive pairing of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones doesn’t frighten many attackers, and success is built from the back with a decent foundation – As well the Norwegian knows.
In what is going to be a defining window at Old Trafford, a high class and strong defender is going to be high on the priority list.
Looking across Europe, in what is going to be a tight market, they’re not going to be many that are much better than the Senegalese international. With Napoli knowing this and slapping a reported record fee of 150m on his head, despite his 63m rating by Transfermarkt.
The 27-year-old has a strong passing game amongst other attributes, which would be perfect for Solskjaer’s plan of turning defence into attack with his own brand of attacking football. Carlo Ancelotti recently described the defender as one of the best in the world, so his talent is there for all to see and is no wonder United are trying to get him signed up as soon as possible.
He would also come with a wealth of experience under his belt having played Champions League football and featured in a very exciting Napoli side in Serie A.
The Red Devils can not gamble on a defender with potential, they have that already in Victor Lindelof. Solskjaer needs a player that can bring the Swede on, potentially pairing him up with Koulibaly who is entering his peak years could be a stroke of genius if Ole can pull it off.
Man United fans, what do you make of Koulibaly – would he welcomed addition to Old Trafford?