Napoli defender to Manchester United transfer release clause

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Manchester United have reportedly been cleared to seal the move of Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly for £127m this summer.

The Senegal international defender was recently reported to be a priority summer target for Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to the Daily Star.

And now the Daily Mirror cite both Corriere dello Sport and Corriere del Mezzogiorno as stating Kalidou Koulibaly’s release clause of £127m will become active this June.

So, provided Manchester United can come up with that kind of money, Kalidou Koulibaly could be theirs next campaign in what would be a dream signing to come in and partner Harry Maguire in central defence.

Kalidou Koulibaly has been a world-class performer for Napoli for several years now, and one imagines £127m could actually end up being a pretty reasonable fee to pay for him.

Liverpool notably splashed out on the joining of Virgil van Dijk in 2018, and it’s proven tremendous for the club, who are now reigning European Champions and 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Manchester United surely need to do the same if they are to catch up with their rivals, and Kalidou Koulibaly is no doubt up there with Virgil Van Dijk as one of the best centre-backs in world football.

It remains to be seen, however, if even the Red Devils will be prepared to fork out quite that much on one player, and securing Champions League qualification for next campaign could be crucial in times of boosting their finances and also in terms of being able to attract players like Kalidou Koulibaly.