After Steven Bergwijn opened the scoring for Tottenham on Friday, Manchester United were preparing for the worst.
Bergwijn beat Harry Maguire and David De Gea with blistering pace, before the Red Devils clawed their way back into the game with a penalty from Bruno Fernandes.
While this could be a minor blip, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated he wants to sign a new centre-back in the summer, and has identified Kalidou Koulibaly at the top of his shortlist.
Koulibaly has been linked to most of Europe’s biggest clubs at some point in his career to date.
It is fair to say the 28-year-old is one of the best defenders in the world, making 15 appearances in Serie A for Gennaro Gattuso’s side this season and featuring in 6 games in the Champions League – attempting 2.2 tackles per game, averaging 1.5 interceptions and completing a whopping 5.2 clearances on average in the European competition (WhoScored).
Man United have shockingly conceded three more goals than Premier League newcomers Sheffield United and ten more than Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Although Maguire has been solid at the back, his partner-in-crime Victor Lindelof has never looked particularly convincing. Indeed, the Swede has been given a below-par WhoScored rating of 6.65 for his performances so far.
With Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones seemingly heading out the door in the summer, there is room for another veteran to take their place.
However, United are only prepared to offer €80m, which roughly equates to £72m, for the Senegalese defender.
Ed Woodward is unwilling to go any higher, which will not be enough to convince Aurelio de Laurentiis.
Clubs are operating in uncertain times, and the executive vice-chairman has made it clear United’s summer spending could be limited as a result of the financial repercussions of the coronavirus crisis. As it stands, Solskjaer may miss out on Koulibaly when the transfer market opens.
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