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Manchester United plot summer moves for Declan Rice and Kalidou Koulibaly

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Struggling Manchester United are planning to make big-money bids next summer for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports. 

United’s squad is in transition and it is widely believed the club will go on a spending spree next summer to try and close the gap to the Champions League places, according to a report on Goal.com. After a poor start – by their standards – to the Premier League, with 9 points from 8 games, it is thought the club will spend big in January and summer 2020.

The Red Devils have been linked with Rice and Koulibaly several times in the past year, although they have never got as far as making a formal bid for either player.

Rice is seen as the ideal man for the defensive midfielder position – current squad members Fred and Nemanja Matic have both been underwhelming this season. However, West Ham will drive a hard bargain if they are to be tempted into parting with one of their star players. It is thought West Ham’s owners, David Sullivan and David Gold, will want up to £80 million for the England international.

Meanwhile Koulibaly has become one of the highest rated central defenders in Europe for his performances for Napoli in Serie A and the Champions League in recent seasons. He is viewed as the man to go alongside Harry Maguire in the centre of defence. Again, a hard bargain would be driven for his signature and it could take up to £100 million to secure him. United would also doubtless face heavy competition from other European club giants such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as rivals Manchester City.

Real Madrid set to battle Manchester United to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are planning to make a £90 million bid for Manchester United target Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports in Italy. 

Napoli defender Koulibaly has become one of Europe’s most wanted players thanks to a series of commanding performances in Serie A.

He has been the subject of interest from United for some months and Napoli are said to have already turned down a world record bid from them.

But the Neapolitan side are said to be willing to accept a £90 million bid for Koulibaly from Madrid this month, according to Italian news outlet Il Mattino.

Madrid have struggled in La Liga this season after the departures of manager Zinedine Zidane and star player Cristiano Ronaldo last summer. They currently sit 5th in La Liga, 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.

They see Koulibaly as an ideal signing to sure up their back line and appease fans who want big signings in order to get back to the top of La Liga.

But this may yet spur United into action. While Koulibaly was a target of former United manager Jose Mourinho, interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been promised money to spend this month, and a centre back is a priority.