Man Utd bid for African star rejected?

English Premier League

Manchester United have reportedly had a bid rejected for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who is seemingly an alternative to Raphael Varane. 

According to Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, the Premier League side has tabled an offer of €30 million (R514 million) for Koulibaly, but it was immediately turned down.

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The Neapolitans are said to be open to letting the Senegal star leave, but are reportedly only willing to sell him for a fee of €50 million (R857 million) upwards.

With Koulibaly contracted to Napoli until June 2023, the Serie A outfit have a history of pricing the defender out of moves, with both Liverpool and Manchester City having reportedly failed in their pursuits of the player in recent years.

The African star is said to be considered an ideal alternative for United if they cannot come to an agreement with Real Madrid regarding a transfer fee for Varane.

The Red Devils are understood to be testing Napoli's resolve with their bid for Koulibaly as negotiations between them and Los Blancos continue to stall over the France international's price tag.  

According to Spanish outlet Diario AS, Real are demanding €70 million (R1.2 billion) for Varane's signature, while United value the defender at about €55 million (R944 million).

For the moment, both clubs remain seemingly unwilling to differ from their valuations. 

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have a tough decision to make between his top defensive transfer targets, and who he values at the prices being demanded.   

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