Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has debunked transfer rumours linking the club with a world record bid for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Senegalese international centre-back has been a key player for the Italian Serie A giants since he joined the club from Belgian champions Genk.
Mourinho talked about a possible move for the 27-year-old while he faced reporters in his post-match press conference after Saturday’s game against South Coast club Southampton in the Premier League.
The Daily Mirror had earlier revealed that Napoli rejected a world record bid of around £91m from Manchester United for Kalidou Koulibaly.
According to him, Koulibaly is a Napoli player at the moment.
The said transfer fee would have made the Senegalese player the most expensive defender ever surpassing the £75m Liverpool paid to secure the signing of Dutchman Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton in January.
Mourinho has not hidden his team’s need for a new centre-back dating back to the summer when his request for one was not granted.
The Red Devils were linked with several centre-back options like Toby Alderweireld, Diego Godin, Jerome Boateng and Harry Maguire but Manchester United were not successful in the quest to recruit at least one centre back.