Napoli according to media report have turned down a Manchester United bid which is in the region of €103 million for defender Kalidou Koulibaly, thereby compounding Jose Mourinho’s frustration.
According to Italian media outfit Corriere dello Sport, the Red Devils offer for the Senegalese defender was received and rebuffed immediately by Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentis few days ago.
It translates to roughly £91.4m for the Senegal international centre-back, who is on the five-man shortlist for the BBC African Player of the Year Award.
Mourinho raged and ranted during his press conference on Friday that he was no longer able to purchase top performer in the game due to the rising fee of the transfer market, and the media is of the opinion that the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager was referring to the Koulibaly deal which hit the skids.
“You have no chance in the market unless you go to crazy numbers, or instead you go to what you call the second level players and still have crazy numbers.
“But that second level is the level people say, and I agree, that’s not what Manchester United is.”
Manchester United have been linked with a lot of defenders in recent time with Maguire, Alderweireld and Milenkovic all on the clubs’s radar, and could definitely settle for one when the winter world opens next month.