Manchester United Ready To Smash World Transfer Record To Beat Chelsea And Liverpool To The Signing Of Serie A Star
Manchester United's dreadful start to the season continued with a snooze-inducing 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon and it is clear that new signings will be needed when the January transfer window opens.
United's defence has been the big issue in the Premier League this season as they have already conceded 21 goals in 13 games - the Red Devils only conceded 28 during the whole of the 2017/18 campaign.
The goalless draw with Palace - who have only scored eight times this term - was only the second clean sheet of the season for David de Gea and co., and one of Jose Mourinho's biggest priorities will be to get a new centre-back on board at Old Trafford.
The Sunday Mirror are reporting that United are ready to break the bank to sign Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and they are willing to smash the world transfer record paid for a defender.
The report suggests that Mourinho is keen for United to try and strike a deal for the Senegalese defender in January, although they may have to wait until next summer.
United lead the queue for the signature of the 27-year-old, who has been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool in the past, and he is reportedly valued at around £89m by Napoli. The Serie A side only paid £7m when they signed Koulibaly from Genk in 2014 and they could make a sizeable profit on a player that has made a significant impression during his time in Naples.
United would have to smash the world transfer record paid for a defender - the £75m Liverpool splashed out on Virgil van Dijk in January of this year - as they look to rebuild their faltering team.