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Manchester United not prioritising defensive targets amid Koulibaly rumours

The Senegal defender has been linked with a move away from Napoli.

Kalidou Koulibaly of Ssc Napoli looks on before the Coppa... Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images

Manchester United are unlikely to make a move for Napoli vice-captain Kalidou Koulibaly, according to a report in the Manchester Evening News. Though Ole Gunnar Solskjær is said to consider the Senegal international one of the world’s very best centre-backs (apparently rated alongside Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, and, amusingly, our own Slabhead Maguire), the United boss isn’t prioritising defensive reinforcements given United’s impressive recent clean sheet record. I now make it 56 days without conceding a goal!

More obviously sensible is the fact that United are refusing to sign a player who turns 29 in a couple of months. There’s no possible way of recouping any kind of investment on a player of that age, and the returns would quickly start diminishing. United really need to take a leaf out of City and Liverpool’s books, and not be looking for any players much over 25. Add to that the fact that United still have a massive surplus of crap centre-backs, and it seems obvious that we should sell before buying anyone else in that department.