Manchester United continue to monitor the situation over at the Etihad Stadium regarding their central defender transfer targets.

Both Manchester United and Manchester City are in the market for a world-class centre-back. The Red Devils although have been quite impressive this season defensively with the signing of Harry Maguire, are still looking for a better partner to pair up with the former Leicester City defender.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola once again has plans on conducting a major revamp in the back four as the Catalan coach is on the look for a centre-back to partner with Aymeric Laporte. ESPN reports that Manchester City has already closed in on the signing of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for a reported fee stated to be around 41 million pounds.

However, the Sky Blues are still in the market for one more defender and if the rumours are to be believed, then it is Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli. The 29-year-old defender is amongst the very best at his position alongside Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, however, the Senegal international is now willing to take on a new challenge in his career by making a move out the city of Naples.

The Sun reports that despite Koulibaly being heavily linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has continued to keep a close tab on the player. The Norwegian manager believes that the former Genk man would be the ideal partner to pair up with the England international Harry Maguire to form a rock-solid centre-back duo.

However, signing the player seems to be an issue given his price tag and the club’s current priority is Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund. Signing the English winger also seems to be quite a complicated task for the Red Devils as most of their offers have been rejected lately.

Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano reports that Pep Guardiola has found his replacement for Leroy Sane as the Blues of Manchester have closed in on Ferran Torres of Valencia. Manchester City will now focus on selling a few more players such as John Stones to raise funds that could assist them in their pursuit to land Kalidou Koulibaly.

Image Credits- Kalidou Koulibaly Twitter

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