Before setting his sights on the French defender, the management of MU had sought to enlist another quality central back.
During the last summer transfer window, Manchester United managed to afford the services of one of the continent’s most popular defenders, in this case Raphaël Varane. A magnificent acquisition for the Red Devils. However, and surprising as it may seem, the French international was not the priority of the English club in this position.
Solskjaer had another plan for his defense
Mancunian decision-makers initially hoped to recruit Kalidou Koulibaly, the rock of Naples. An important offer was even sent to the Italian club, but it was not successful. The information comes from Antonio Giordano, journalist of Corriere dello Sport.
Speaking for the podcast Do Parliamo Il Martedi, Giordano said of this dossier: “De Laurentiis had the capacity to refuse all the offers that were coming in for his big players, especially for Koulibaly. Manchester United were ready to offer € 35million, but the boss has made it known that for that amount Kalidou will not budge. “
It is now up to Varane to show his board that he has not lost in the change by choosing to bet on him rather than outbid the 2019 African vice-champion. As a reminder, the former Lensois was paid € 40m by United while he had one year of contract at Real.
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