Manchester United will put everything into signing Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer, according to reports in Italy.
Jose Mourinho was desperate to sign a centre-back ahead of the 2018/19 campaign but United refused to pay over the odds for the likes of Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld.
Koulibaly was also on Mourinhos radar and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed earlier this month that the Portuguese launched a £95million bid for the defender before he was sacked.
United remain interested in Koulibaly even after Mourinhos dismissal with the club already having shipped 32 goals in the Premier League.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, United are ready to go crazy to land the Senegal international at the end of the 2018/19 campaign. Its claimed De Laurentiis will talk to potential suitors should Napoli receive an offer of around €120m (£108m).
Barcelona are also understood to be interested in Koulibaly who is regarded as one of the most accomplished central defenders in Europe.
Asked about Koulibalys links with United earlier this month, De Laurentiis replied: Mourinho wanted him, we rejected £95 million.
But now its impossibile that he leaves Napoli.
Mourinho refused to deny rumours of a world-record bid from United for Koulibaly before his sacking.
I cannot answer your question, Mourinho said.
If is true, if is not true, I cannot answer to your question, maybe your question is the first one about the market and maybe the next press conference I have two more questions, and maybe the next press conference I have three more.
The only thing I can tell you is Koulibaly is a Napoli player. And I dont speak about players from other clubs.