Manchester United have identified Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly as their top target ahead of the transfer window with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer willing to overhaul his failing squad.
The Red Devils managed just two wins from their last 12 games of the season and their 2-0 loss at home to relegated Cardiff City once again raised serious questions about the quality and attitude of the players.
Ander Herrera is set to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer after playing his last match for Manchester United at the weekend, and Paul Pogba’s future remains in doubt meaning the Red Devils may have to dig deep into their pockets for reinforcements in midfield.
However, Manchester United are prioritising a move for a top-class centre-back with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer understood to be ‘desperate’ for a ‘defensive leader’ in the mould of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
The Reds broke the world transfer record for a centre-back when they signed Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton for a fee of £75 million back in January 2018, and Manchester United are ready to smash it again to land Kalidou Koulibaly.
Manchester United shipped 54 goals across the season in the Premier League, and the board have accepted that significant funds must be freed up for a quality centre-back after Jose Mourinho was left disappointed last summer.
The 20-times English champions are also on the hunt for a right back to replace Antonio Valencia, as well as recruits in central midfield and attack.