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Manchester United have a long-standing interest in defender Kalidou Koulibaly and now the Premier League club might have a really good chance of signing him.

Up until now, Napoli have been wanting around £80million in exchange of the defender but now as per the latest reports, the Serie A side are ready to accept £65 million as they have failed to qualify for Champions League football.

And speaking about the importance and impact that Kalidou Koulibaly could have, Ally McCoist has compared the 29-year-old to Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk.

“The key signing for Liverpool was Van Dijk, and I think [that position] is so important for a number of top clubs,” McCoist told talkSPORT.

“In that, I include Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Man City definitely need to strengthen in the centre-back position and I also think Manchester United need to strengthen there.

“I think Harry Maguire has done fine, but there’s a question mark over Lindelof and you certainly need strength in depth.

“The name I keep going back to is the lad Koulibaly at Napoli, who has impressed for a long, long time now.

“I don’t know whether there have been moves to try and get him out of Napoli, or whether he’s happy there, the big Senegalese defender.

“But I think he is the one target a lot of top Premier League clubs would and should be looking at.”

Kalidou Koulibaly is easily one of the most sought-after defenders in European football right now and if he is available for as low as £65 million, many clubs apart from Manchester United will be interested in signing him.

The 29-year-old could be the perfect partner to Harry Maguire next season but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to fend off a lot of interest in order to sign him during the coming months.

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