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Manchester United Battle Manchester City For Up-And-Coming French Youngster

Frenchman can be utilised as both a centre back, as well as a defensive midfielder. 

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Manchester United are set to go head to head with city-rivals Manchester City in the race to land promising young Genk defender Kalidou Koulibaly when the winter transfer window finally reopens for business for the year in January, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

The former France Under-20 international has only been with the Belgium outfit for just over a year now, with Koulibaly originally arriving at Genk from Ligue 1 side Metz in June 2012 on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

And in his debut campaign in Belgium, the powerful and tall central defender appeared in 20 games in total in the league for Genk, failing to score a goal during that time, while in this current campaign Koulibaly has so far featured in 13 matches in all competitions for the Belgium giants.

However, it is understood that new United head coach David Moyes has been keeping close tabs on the versatile Frenchman of late as the Scot looks to scour the European market for possible new recruits to bring to Old Trafford in the new year.

The 22-year-old, who has a contract with Genk that runs until June 30 2017, can operate as both a central defender as well as a holding midfield player, although Moyes knows that he will face stiff competition for the player’s signature from City in January.

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