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Manchester United ‘rejected’ African star

Manchester United reportedly rejected the chance to sign a highly-rated African star in the latest transfer window.

Senegal star Kalidou Koulibaly, who featured for the Serie A club in their 2-2 UEFA Europa League draw with Leicester City on Thursday night, has often been linked with a move to the Manchester club over the past few years, ever since Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Old Trafford. 

In June, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were in the market for a new centre-back and United were subsequently linked with an array of defenders, including Sven Botman, Jules Kounde and Cristian Romero.  

Scroll through the gallery above to see some African players who played for United

After months of speculation, the club eventually signed Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.  

However, according to Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport, before the Premier League giants found their latest defender, they were offered the opportunity to sign Napoli stalwart Koulibaly for €40 million (R686 million), but the Red Devils were not interested at that price.  

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It is claimed that the Red Devils “did not evaluate what Napoli considered appropriate: including bonuses, not even €40 million”. 

Gli Azzurri were believed to be keen to find a potential suitor for Koulibaly, but it appears that clubs were unwilling to negotiate with the Serie A outfit, who have a history of pricing the defender out of moves.

Liverpool, Manchester City and United have all reportedly failed in their pursuits of the Senegalese defender in recent years. 

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