Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that his club rejected a world record bid from Manchester United for defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
The club supremo confirmed the Manchester United bid at an event as reported by the Daily Express.
Aurelio De Laurentiis said that Napoli rejected a £95m bid from Mourinho and Manchester United for the Senegalese international centre back.
Kalidou Koulibaly was said to be the top defensive target for Portuguese tactician Mourinho in the bid to improve the ailing Red Devils defence.
The £95m transfer bid would have been a world record for a defender surpassing the transfer fee that took Dutch international defender Virgil Van Dijk to Premier League leaders Liverpool.
The Reds paid £75m to secure the transfer of Van Dijk from fellow Premier League outfit Southampton.
Kalidou Koulibaly would have replaced Van Dijk as the most expensive defender if the bid was accepted.
The Senegalese defender has emerged as one of the best centre backs on the world football stage at Napoli.
He joined the Italian Serie A giants from Belgian champions Genk in 2014.
Jose Mourinho saw him as the answer to the problems upsetting Manchester United until he was sacked as the Red Devils manager on Tuesday.