Ex-Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke believes his former club should sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly when the transfer window opens.
The Senegalese international, who is also reportedly being pursued by Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, is said to be available for €100m (£90m) and Yorke thinks the Red Devils should push the boat out in order to recruit a centre-back partner for Harry Maguire:
“Without a doubt, I think he’s one that everyone is after and if United are going to make some big signings like they always do, I would definitely [sign him], if we can afford him then why not?”
“I think he is the perfect fit to come into centre-half alongside Maguire, that would be awesome to have him there and suddenly we look a proper team then, with the likes of Pogba and Bruno and one of the holding midfielders and the front three forwards as I mentioned.”
The financial impact of the global health crisis means it is highly unlikely that United or any other club would match Koulibaly’s asking price.
With the centre-half now 29 years of age, the defender would also not fit the profile of the type of player that the Manchester club would be interested in.
All of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s signings, with the exception of Odion Ighalo, were 26 or below when they joined United, and you also have to consider the team’s priorities in the transfer market.
The Red Devils are keen on recruiting a right-winger and another midfielder this summer so a move for Koulibaly would probably only be sanctioned if his price tag is lowered significantly.