Napoli have reportedly joined the race to sign Manchester United right-back Matteo Darmian in the January transfer window.
The Italian joined United from Torino at the start of last summer but has since found game time limited so far this season under Mourinho.
Maurizio Sarri is said to see Darmian as his primary target once the window reopens and is prepared to pay a substantial fee in a bid to lure him to Naples.
The 27-year-old still has three more years to run on his current contract at Old Trafford but it is understood that Mourinho would be willing to let the defender go in the January transfer window should any club meet their valuation for the player.
It has been no secret that Mourinho is looking to strengthen his back four at Manchester United and with Darmian seemingly on his way out of the club it may pave the way for Mourinho to make a move for Kalidou Koulibaly.
Defence is remained a key area which Mourinho is yet to fully address at Old Trafford. The arrival of Eric Bailly from Villarreal over the summer went some way to fixing matters but there remains a much deeper issue alongside the Ivorian at the heart of United’s back four and in Koulibaly Mourinho could finally find the answer to the defensive woes at Old Trafford for years to come. And it is obvious Mourinho likes the player having tried to sign him for Chelsea when he was the Blues’ manager.
The Senegalese’s excellent tackling combined with his outstanding reading of the game makes him one of the finest defenders in European football and is a player who would undoubtedly improve the backline at United.
At twenty five years of age Koulibaly is a player who is about to enter his peak years as a footballer. Should United sign him, Mourinho wouldn’t be getting a player for the future nor a player whose best footballing days are long behind him. He would be getting a player ready to deliver in the here and now and that is what the Portuguese so desperately needs if he is to take Manchester United back to the top.