MANCHESTER UNITED will have to fork out 127million to meet Kalidou Koulibalys Napoli release clause when it becomes active in June.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaers side have long-been linked with the towering centre-half and have previously failed in a bid to sign the 28-year-old.
The Red Devils may reignite their pursuit of the Senegalese international this summer.
However, Old Trafford chiefs will have to dig deep as both Corriere dello SportandCorriere del Mezzogiornohighlighted the valuation United would have to match to sign him.
But it has also been claimed Paris Saint-Germain are ready to rival them for Koulibalys signature.
PSG chief director Leonardo has reportedly already held talks with the player’s agent.
And the Ligue 1 champions are willing to offer a four-year 10.2m contract to bring him to France.
United were believed to be the favourites in the race for the defender, now it seems they will have to fight off a host of Europes big guns come the end of the season.
Struggling Napoli could be forced to sell their prized-asset if they fail to secure Europa League football, which looks highly-likely at present with the club currently 11th in the Italian top-flight.
Solskjaer will renew his effort to sign the ex-Genk man and United bosses are allegedly willing to make Koulibaly their highest-paid player.
And they even claim Sir Alex Ferguson spoke directly to the African ace in order to persuade him to come to the Theatre of Dreams in their last effort to sign him.
They instead turned to 85m Harry Maguire last year, with Solskjaer believe the two could form the ideal partnership to help lift United back to their former glories.