Man Utd missed out chance to sign Napoli defensive rock

Premier League giants, Manchester United have seen a bid for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly turned down by the Italian club, according to a report.

Speculation over the Senegalese defender’s future has cooled in recent months, with Man City and Manchester United failing to prise him away from Naples last summer.

However, Napoli are believed to be open to bids for African centre-back this time around, and the 20-times English champions have been tipped to reignite their interest, despite making progress in their pursuit of Raphael Varane.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Red Devils approached Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis with an offer of €30m (£25.9m), however, the bid was swiftly turned down.

The report suggests that it would likely take an offer closer to €50m (£43.2m) to finalise a deal for 29-year-old centre-back, whose deal in Naples now has under two years left to run.

Koulibaly played 37 games for Napoli in all competitions last season, and he was previously rumoured with a move to Everton while Carlo Ancelotti was in control of the reins.

Meanwhile, Man Utd are expected to finalise a deal for French centre-back Raphael Varane within days.