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Man City in the battle for 29-year-old Man United transfer target

Red Devils and Man City are reportedly both interested in Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly and Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar and are set to battle each other for their top defensive targets. Pep Guardiola is in the market for an elite defender to finally replace ex-captain Vincent Kompany.

And as well as pursuing top target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, The Norwegian manager is mulling over making a move for a defender to partner Harry Maguire. Red Devils and Man City have both registered their interest in Kalidou and Milan and may be able to negotiate lower prices due to the financial impact of the covid crisis.

Napoli were previously demanding £100m for the 29-year-old before the pandemic, but the report states the Italian side may now accept a lower fee of nearly £70m. Both Manchester teams are also keen on Slovakia international, but Nerazzurri are said to be open to a possible swap deal involving the defender and Man City’s Sergio Aguero.

Also on Man United’s list is RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano and as a cut-price option, Swansea City’s 22-year-old prospect Joe Rodon. Man United’s 5-2 win over Bournemouth on Saturday extended their unbeaten run in all tournaments to 16.

They are also in contention for the UCL places, now only two points behind fourth-placed side the Blues with five matches to play. But, to reach the next level of challenging Liverpool and Man City for the league title, the Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to sign three starters, including a centre-back.