Napoli defender heads Manchester United’s summer wish-list

Kalidou Koulibaly

The 27-year-old has been regularly linked with a Premier League move after impressing under Maurizio Sarri and now Carlo Ancelotti in Serie A.

United are eager to freshen up their squad over the summer following a disappointing campaign in which they finished sixth in the Premier League, and the Mirror (opens in new tab) believe Koulibaly is their top target.

The defence is a key area needing strengthened in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad and the Senegal international has proven to be one of the best in Europe during a five-year spell in Naples.

However, it could take a record fee to bring Koulibaly to Old Trafford with Ancelotti keen to retain his star defender.

The centre-half has made 34 Serie A appearances this season, scoring two goals, and has a contract at the Stadio San Paolo until 2023.

A right-back, midfielder and forward are also said to be on Solskjaer’s summer wish-list.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.