Jose Mourinho ruled out move January move for 27-year-old defender valued at £94m

Jose Mourinho is already giving up hope of landing Kalidou Koulibaly this winter. Manchester United boss, who is desperate to bring defensive reinforcements, has informed the board that Napoli star is his number one target, and has been pushing to sign the 27-year-old in January.

Widely regarded as one of the best central defenders in Europe, Kalidou Koulibaly has been Mourinho’s priority target since June, but United vetoed a move for the Senegal international.

Napoli are now demanding a fee of around £94 million for their prized possession and, per The Daily Mail, Mourinho is pessimistic that he will get his man.

Recent reports in Italy recently claimed that Manchester United had lodged a world-record bid (for a defender) for the Napoli defender and Jose Mourinho refused to deny the rumours.

‘I cannot answer to 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 don’t speak about players from other clubs.’