Man Utd to prioritise £90m-rated transfer target this summer to bolster key area of squad

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Man Utd are reportedly set to make Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly their top target this summer, despite his touted £90m valuation.

The defence has been an issue for the Red Devils this season, as they’ve conceded 33 goals in 23 Premier League games, which gives them the worst defensive record of the top nine sides in the table.

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They’ve certainly improved in that area since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as interim boss last month, conceding five goals in their last eight games in all competitions, while keeping three clean sheets.

Nevertheless, adding defensive solidity and a world-class centre-half this summer would surely help solve the issue for the long-term with the likes of Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo failing to keep things tight at the back with Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof being heavily preferred in recent weeks.

According to The Sun, it could be enough to make Koulibaly their top transfer target this summer, but it’s added that Napoli value him at around £90m, and so he certainly won’t come cheap.

The 27-year-old has continued to establish himself as one of the top defenders in Europe this season with dominant performances at the back for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, showcasing awareness, excellent positioning, recovery pace as well as an ability to build out from the back with his composure and technical quality on the ball.

In turn, he arguably has it all, and so it’s no real surprise that the report suggests Man Utd will make him a priority this summer.

Given those reasons above though, it could take a significant bid to convince Napoli to sell, as they will surely be desperate to keep one of the most important figures in the squad at the San Paolo for the foreseeable future.

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