Man Utd and Chelsea transfer target has price tag slashed but one issue still remains

Manchester United and Chelsea are both weighing up a summer move for defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Napoli have reportedly slashed the star’s price tag to increase their chances of a summer sale.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the market for a new centre-back partner for Harry Maguire.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is also desperate for a new leader as he looks to fix his leaky defence.

The two clubs were put off by Napoli’s original £80million valuation but the Mirror claim that figure has been slashed to £65m.

However, the report adds that the lower amount has attracted Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who are looking to make three statement signings.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned City’s two-year Champions League so they are allowed to splash the cash once again.

And Guardiola is hoping to beat United and Chelsea to sign the 29-year-old Senegal international.

Koulibaly is keen to extend his stay in Serie A but he is also open to a new challenge should the right opportunity come along.

“In football, you never know what happens,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I never spoke to Napoli about leaving. If we have to find a solution, we will find it, but I have never talked about the transfer market.


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“I also read in the newspapers about my future. But I only want to think about playing, I am 100 per cent [committed to] Napoli and it bothers me to be linked, every day, to this or that European club.

“We will see what the president (Aurelio De Laurentiis) will decide and if he proposes to extend my contract, that would allow me to end my career here.

“At the moment, I still have a three-year contract and I am not thinking of anything else but Napoli.”

The Mirror add that City have a solid list of centre-back options they are considering which includes another United target in Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake.

Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, who has been linked with Chelsea, is also on Guardiola’s radar.

The Blues have struggled at the back since Vincent Kompany left the club and they are desperate to fill the void the Belgian left behind.

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