Former France defender Frank Lebeouf has advised Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly not to join Manchester United if he wants to win trophies.
Sky Sports Italia reports that the Manchester club tendered €80m to Pertonepei for Koulibaly last week to show their strong intentions for the defender who is also wanted by Liverpool and Paris Saint Germaine.
Speaking to ESPN FC, Lebeouf, who had a stint with Chelsea in the Premier League, insisted that the Red Devils are not prepared to satisfy the Senegalese’s thirst for silverware.
While stating that he will never tell the tough tackler to go to Manchester United, Lebeouf said he wants Koulibaly to win trophies, saying Manchester United is not the club that they used to be, and they are not ready to be part of the title contenders.
Other likely destinations for Koulibaly
The 52-year-old former France international therefore advised the stopper to sign for Liverpool or Chelsea if he wants to win trophies.
To Lebeouf, if the Senegalese decide to join Liverpool, he would make a fantastic pairing with Netherland’s defender, Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Reds defense.
He further said with Koulibaly and Van Dijk, at the heart of the defense for the Premier League leaders means that they are going to have another successful season.
According to reports, Koulibaly is favouring a move to PSG than Manchester as the club’s captain, Thiago Silva, will be leaving the Paris club at the end of the season after he was not offered a new deal.
So, if Koulibally goes to the Paris club, he will pair Marquinhos in the center-back.
Apart from stating that he could partner with Marquinhos, whom he described as a great central defender, Lebeouf said Chelsea would need a player like him.
A move to Stamford Bridge?
He also said if he favours a move to the Stamford Bridge, he will fit into Frank Lampard’s plan and dislodge one of the regular starters, either Antonio Rudiger or Kurt Zouma.
He also noted that that the choice of Koulibaly to make on the club he wants to leave Napoli for lies with him, as he knows what’s best for him.