Jose Mourinho has asked Ed Woodward to sign £88 million star

Jose Mourinho has sanctioned a Manchester United move for Senegal international and Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, this is according to reports.

Mourinho made the signing of defender one of his priorities for the last summer but despite making moves, the Red Devils failed in their bid to sign one.

Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire were the most prominent names that featured in United’s transfer radar last summer but their respective clubs held out for bogus transfer tags, which put off the Red Devils from their chase.

Although, United have significantly bolstered Mourinho’s defence since his appointment in 2016, the manager is not satisfied with the quality of players at his disposal. Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof have all failed to leave up to expectation, leaving United with a negative goal difference since the start of the season.

According to the Daily record, Mourinho wants to fix his defence for the second half of this season. The report claims he’s asked the hierarchy of the club to sign Koulibaly.

Koulibaly joined Napoli in the summer of 2014 and has since remained a key player in the heart of the club’s defence.

Barcelona are also said to be weighing in on a deal for the 27-year-old star, who has more than four years left on his contract that is valued at £88 million.

United will allow Marcos Rojo or Phil Jones to leave in the winter.