Man Utd tipped to launch fresh bid for €100m-rated defensive ace this summer

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Since appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim boss, Man Utd have improved at both ends of the pitch as they’ve gone nine games unbeaten.

The Red Devils have conceded just seven goals in that run as they’ve tightened things up at the back, and they no longer have the worst defensive record of the top six sides in the Premier League table.

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Despite their improvement in that department though, which has seen Solskjaer largely settle on a partnership between Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones, United are being tipped to continue their pursuit of a new defender this summer.

According to the Evening Standard, the touted reinforcement will come in the form of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who continues to establish himself as one of the top centre-halves in Europe with his form for the Italian giants.

The 27-year-old has consistently proven to be a rock at the back for the Partenopei, using his pace, strength, height, physicality and ability to build out from the back to prove to be an instrumental figure in their pursuit of success.

However, it’s suggested that Man Utd will try their luck again this summer and it’s added that Koulibaly is keen on the idea of moving to England for a new challenge.

It won’t be cheap though, as his agent suggested at the weekend that he could cost up to €100m, as noted by the Mirror, and so time will tell whether or not United are willing to splash out such a huge fee.

Solskjaer, and his potential long-term replacement this summer, have plenty of options in defence with Lindelof, Jones, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo all available.

However, it could be a wise move to really solidify a dominant partnership with Koulibaly bringing plenty of experience and quality to the table, should a move to Old Trafford materialise.

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