English Premier League: Pep Guardiola and Manchester United fights for ‘the strongest defender’.
Manchester United and Manchester City are involved in a derby of sorts as they seek the signature of Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.
They are among the few clubs that can afford the €150m asking price to trigger the release clause of Aurelio de Laurentiis’s star centre-back.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had offered £108m for the Senegal international but was turned down. With Guardiola’s Manchester City joining the fray, it could make things even harder for the Red Devils.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Koulibaly is highly rated by Guardiola as the ‘strongest “Italian” defender. The arrival of Koulibaly will strengthen Manchester City’s centre-back.
Manchester United has spent heavily on Harry Maguire in the summer, but there is no stopping them if an additional man is needed to bring more quality. Furthermore, Solskjaer has yet found a long-term partner for the England international.
Meanwhile, Guardiola has been linked with German giants Bayern Munich. Guardiola was a Bayern coach between 2013 and 2016. Bayern Munich is looking for someone to replace Croatian Niko Kovac, who had been axed from the post of coach he had held for over a year and a half.
As a temporary replacement, the Munich management had chosen to rely on Hans-Dieter Flick. Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness recently said that Kovac's former deputy will remain in charge for some time. Unless the team relapses, Flick is expected to lead the boat until the end of the season.
This is a rumor that will make a big noise among the German clubs, but especially in England where the Cityzens manager is going through a rather complicated period after the mockery of which he was a victim of the British press, following Manchester City’s 3-1 to Liverpool last weekend.
After struggling to snatch Leroy Sane from Manchester City, Bayern Munich can do even better by procuring the services of the manager of the English giant. In football, nothing is impossible. In any case, the German newspaper found several reasons to hang on to keep dreaming of a return of Guardiola at the Allianz Arena.
Guardiola, who traveled to Munich a few months ago to pay a visit to the Bayern training center, has a contract with Manchester City that runs until 2021. He has been known to change the cycle every three years. In Munich, he stayed three years and this season is his fourth with City.
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