According to the Independent, Manchester City and Manchester United are to fight it out over two Serie A centre backs, as the two looks to topple Liverpool in the Premier League next season.
Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar are reportedly on the radar of the Manchester clubs. However, Man City’s need to bulk up their defence is slightly higher than the red half of Manchester.
With Man City seeing nine defeats in the league so far, which has seen them drop 23 points behind Champions Liverpool. Pep Guardiola will surely be looking to tighten the back line up as the Blues look to regain the Premier League.
Man Utd transfer priorities
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the other hand, although a quicker defender seems a priority to partner the slow Harry Maguire. The Red Devils have a few areas to strengthen, and a centre back may not be on their list of top priorities over a right-sided midfielder for instance.
The 28-year-old Koulibaly will bring experience to any club he switches to next. With a very strong passing game, the move to Man City may suit the Senegalese defender better.
Skriniar and Koulibaly passing game
Across his career, Koulibaly has an 87.5% pass success rate. However, Skriniar tops this with 91.5%. Both would be a great match for Guardiola’s philosophy, and with Skriniar being the younger and cheaper valued out of the two – he may be the better option.
With stats provided from Transfermarkt.com, Inter Milan’s Skriniar is currently valued at 43m, whilst Koulibaly is valued at 50m.
It seems after a poor season for many of the top teams this season, everyone is massively upgrading. Signings need to be on point and valuable to the team from the start. Especially with the likes of Chelsea recruiting well so far and the upturn in Man Utd in recent months.
Next season’s Premier League is one to watch and the signing of either one of these Serie A defenders, for either Manchester club, could be the difference between winning the league or settling for the top four.