Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has reportedly informed his club’s owner Aurelio De Laurentiis that he is open to the idea of departing Stadio San Paolo during this summer’s transfer window.
The 28-year-old Senegal international, who has a contract in Naples until the end of the 2022-23 season, continues to be linked with a host of the continent’s biggest clubs.
Manchester United are said to have a firm interest in the Senegal captain in spite of the fact that they spent big on England international Harry Maguire in last summer’s transfer window.
According to a recent report by Il Mattino, in a phone conversation with De Laurentiis, Kalidou revealed that he would be ready to depart Napoli this summer if an appealing offer arrived.
However, the publication states that the defender also made it clear that he was content to remain with the Blues should the club decide not to sanction an exit.
A recent report claimed that the Red Devils would have to come up with a bid of at least €100m (£86.5m) if they wanted to land Koulibaly this summer.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allegedly regards the Senegalese as one of the best three centre-halfs in world football.
Meanwhile, Juan Mata has revealed that he was left feeling “embarrassed” after his side’s seventh-placed finish in the 2013-14 PL table. Speaking to the Red Devils’ official website, the playmaker said:
“We were in seventh position in the league, a position Manchester United should never be in. I was like I’m going to wave and they’re going to boos us and insult us, like they should feel.
“I come from Spain and know things turn difficult when a team is not performing. I didn’t want to look at the people, just in case. I was embarrassed.”