Man United set to miss out signing of Napoli key man

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As Man United boss continues the rebuilding job at Man United in the hope of getting them back to the level they enjoyed under Sir Alex Ferguson, news that one of the club’s targets wants to play for Pep Guardiola at Man City isn’t likely to have gone down well in the corridors of power at Theatre of Dreams.

Although Kalidou Koulibaly is already 29 and will cost a reported £72.5m, the Napoli defender has highly sought after. Senegal international would rather ply his trade, if he is to leave the Partnopei, at the Etihad Stadium next campaign as he wants to play under Pep Guardiola.

It’s generally accepted that although Man City have been excellent going forward, they’ve struggled at times defensively, particularly in the central areas.

Aymeric Laporte’s long-term injury didn’t help Guardiola, and the hire of Koulibaly, therefore, makes sense for a number of reasons.

Kalidou is a huge presence at the back for Napoli, and because of his physicality is difficult to shake off of the ball. His aerial presence is also a huge plus. A ball footballer too, he’s precisely the type of centre-back that fits the Guardiola mould.