Man Utd boost in race for Koulibaly transfer but must make 'indecent' proposal

The Italian club confirmed they had rejected a £95m bid before Jose Mourinho was sacked but have now suggested the centre-back will be available in the summer.

The 27-year-old put in a stunning performance against Liverpool in the Champions League earlier this month – sending United fans into a frenzy to sign him.

Red Devil chiefs were told to pay more than £90m to secure his signature but President Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed they had rejected a £95million offer.

Despite this, the Napoli chief has now revealed he could consider selling if an “indecent offer” comes in in order to raise funds to strengthen elsewhere.

Speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere del Mezzogiorno, De Laurentiis said: “We won’t sell Koulibaly in January.

“But the time will come where we can’t refuse other indecent offers. We always invest, but with criteria.

“In Italy there are two or three clubs with balanced books, and I’m the only one who doesn’t have any bank debt.”

Koulibaly has made 131 appearances for the Serie A side since his move from Genk in 2014 – scoring eight goals for the Italian outfit.

He moved to Italy in 2012 following a successful spell in Belgium and has emerged as one of the world's top defenders.

Should Koulibaly become available in the summer, United will have to fend off interest from Chelsea, with Maurizio Sarri hopeful of linking back up with his former player.

Though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may not be around to oversee the transfer war, the new United manager admitted he would love to have the job on a permanent basis.

Solskjaer has been appointed in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking but only until May while they search for a new boss with Spurs’ Mauricio Pochettino top of the list.

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