CARLO ANCELOTTI has reportedly threatened to quit Napoli if Manchester United target Kalidou Koulibaly is sold this summer.
Calcio Mercato claims the tactician said he “will not come back from [his holiday in] Canada” if the 28-year-old defensive superstar is moved on.
However, the report adds that Ancelotti’s threat is not as serious as it may seem, with Napoli extremely confident of keeping Koulibaly after telling United to cough up an incredible £135million for his signature.
Indeed, Ancelotti’s comments are actually seen by club chiefs as more of a “joke”, with all parties satisfied that United will not be meeting that fee, which would make Koulibaly the world’s most expensive defender.
But should the Red Devils buckle and decide to move ahead with a move, it remains to be seen if Ancelotti stays in southern Italy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to sign a new centre-back, and Koulibaly is his first choice for the role.
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United had been keen on Leicester’s Harry Maguire, but he is set to join rivals Manchester City.
While a move for Raphael Varane is off after Real Madrid pointed to his £430m release clause.
Solskjaer also faces a battle to keep Victor Lindelof at Old Trafford, with Barcelona making an enquiry earlier this month.