Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is no longer deemed ‘unsellable’ by the Italian club, according to Calciomercato.
The Italian publication has learnt that the Senegal international could leave Naples after a poor start to the season for the side.
Napoli sit in seventh place in Serie A, having won just five of their 12 league games this year. More crucially, the side have conceded 15 goals in those 12 games, showing weaknesses in defence.
According to the publication, United had a bid of €104m (roughly £89m) rejected by the Italians last summer as they attempted to buy the player.
However, it may be a pretty foolish move from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to chase the signing of Koulibaly after the emergence of Axel Tuanzebe into the first-team at Old Trafford, whose pathway would be blocked by a big defensive arrival like Koulibaly.
The young defender has shown his defensive capabilities, and alongside Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, is one of five men who can partner Harry Maguire at centre-half.
At 22 years old, Tuanzebe is six years younger than Koulibaly and provides much better scope for improvement in the future, showing this season that he potentially has the quality to be a success at Old Trafford.
In the game against Arsenal back in September, the youngster played out of position at left-back and excelled against Unai Emery’s side, making one tackle, the most interceptions and the joint-second most clearances (via WhoScored).
On the ball, the 22-year-old proved incredibly comfortable, having the second-highest pass completion rate of any United player.
Meanwhile, in Italy, Koulibaly has shown a tendency to be rash in defence this season, having made the third-most fouls of any Napoli player, and second-most of any defender at the club.
With homegrown options arising due to the emerging ability of Tuanzebe, it would be a horrible decision to finally sign Koulibaly, who has shown with Napoli this season that he may well be in decline.
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