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Report: Man Utd targeting £85m Serie A star as alternative to Harry Maguire

Manchester United have reportedly identified Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly as a transfer alternative to Harry Maguire should the Reds not agree on a deal for the Leicester centre-back this summer.

According to the Daily Mail, United have so far failed with two bids to sign Maguire this summer, who has reportedly been identified as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s prime transfer target.

Leicester are said to be holding out for over £80m for the 26-year-old, surpassing the world record transfer fee paid for a defender by Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk.

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The report goes on to say that Senegalese international Kalidou Koulibaly is being considered as an alternative for United if they can not sign Maguire.

Koulibaly, 28, is regarded as one of the best defenders across Europe and would be a fantastic option if the Reds fail in their attempts to sign Maguire.

The Sun reported earlier this summer that Koulibaly was valued at £85m, which seems reasonable given the fee demanded for Maguire.

Solskjaer needs a centre-back this summer and Maguire and Koulibaly would both significantly improve United’s team.

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