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Man Utd 'seal £64m transfer' for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly

Mirror logo Mirror 14/01/2020 Alex Milne
(Photo by SSC NAPOLI/SSC NAPOLI via Getty Images) © Getty (Photo by SSC NAPOLI/SSC NAPOLI via Getty Images)

Manchester United have reportedly completed a deal to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly in a deal worth just over £60m.

Koulibaly has also been linked with the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal , but according to reports in Italy United have swooped quickly and stolen a march on their Premier League rivals.

The 28-year-old is not expected to join until the summer, but his presence would give United a huge boost at the back, with the Senegalese international one of the most sought-after defenders in European football.

Italian journalist Fabio Santini broke the news, and speaking on the TV show Il Processo he said: "Napoli will sell Kalidou Koulibaly to Manchester United for a figure of around 70-75m euros. It seems all done.

Kalidou Koulibaly holding a ball: The signing of Kalidou Koulibaly would be an exciting one for Manchester United © REUTERS The signing of Kalidou Koulibaly would be an exciting one for Manchester United

"Naturally, such a deal will be closed only in June and certainly not in January in the winter transfer window."

The signing would be the second time United have shelled out big money on a centre-back within a year, with Harry Maguire joining from Leicester City for £80m last summer.

The capture of Koulibaly is sure to be a hugely popular deal with United fans, who have been crying out for another world-class centre-back to join Maguire and help an often-leaky defence.

Koulibaly has been at Napoli since signing from Genk in 2014 and immediately established himself as an ever-present in the team, impressing in both Serie A and the Champions League for the Italian club.

a group of young men playing a game of football: Koulibaly in action against Liverpool © Getty Images Koulibaly in action against Liverpool

He insisted last year that he was happy in Naples, however, and took to Twitter to say: "My children were born here. Here, I grew up as a man and as a football player. Here, my children and I feel at home."

But Napoli are said to be struggling financially, which may explain why they are willing to let their star player leave.

Related: Transfer Gossip [Read Sport]

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