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Solskjaer turns attention to cheaper option than Kalidou Koulibaly – report

Manchester United have reportedly turned their attention towards Benfica defender Ruben Dias.

After chasing Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, United don’t look any closer to signing the Senegal international and it looks like the Reds will opt for the cheaper option instead.

The Express cite a report from Portuguese newspaper A Bola that Koulibaly would have costed the Red Devils €96m whereas Dias will cost less – potentially €60m – making him significantly cheaper.

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But our defensive woes are well-known and there’s a worrying lack of leadership, so why on earth aren’t United going out to sign the best possible player for the role rather than penny-pinching?

Make no mistake about it – United could easily afford Koulibaly.

Moreover, Dias is 22-years-old and has hardly done enough to be even valued at €60m…

It just feels that by dropping interest in Koulibaly, United are not doing their utmost to fix their defensive crisis.

Take David de Gea out of the equation next season and we could be in real trouble. The Spaniard wasn’t at his best last season, but form is temporary and class is permanent.

Dias could surprise us all by signing and becoming a great defender for United, but this is an area of the team in need of investment. The club shouldn’t be going at it with a half-arsed approach.

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