Aurelio De Laurentiis says Kalidou Koulibaly's value is £250m if Harry Maguire is worth £85m

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Aurelio De Laurentiis thinks Koulibaly is triple the player that Maguire is

Manchester United finally managed to secure a deal for Harry Maguire earlier this week.

The English centre-back had been a long-term target, having been targeted by former manager Jose Mourinho last summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was so desperate to improve his defence that he sanctioned a record-breaking £80m move for the 26-year-old.

That's the highest fee ever paid for a defender and also makes him the most expensive English player ever.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sounded ecstatic to finally get his man when speaking to MUTV on Friday.

“Harry has impressed me, very much so. He has come in as a presence," he said.

“He is taller and bigger than I thought. He has come in as a real plus. He will have an impact on the rest of the boys.”

Not everyone has been convinced with the signing, though.

Maguire is not seen as one of the leading defenders in the world but United still made him the most expensive defender ever.

Many think that United overspent massively for Maguire.

Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the best defenders in the world

And that includes Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis.

The 70-year-old is known for his controversial opinions and he claimed Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is worth 3x as much as Maguire.

"In England, they paid £85m for a player," he told ESPN. "In Napoli, I would pay £30-£35m.

"With that in mind, I think Koulibaly's value is £250m if they paid that much for that guy."

He clearly doesn't have a very high opinion of United's transfer activity, at all.

Question marks have been raised about Harry Maguire's price tag

However, the same thing was said when Liverpool smashed the record fee for a defender to sign Virgil van Dijk for £75m last year.

And the Dutch defender has proven he is worth every penny. Maybe Maguire will answer his critics and do exactly the same.

De Laurentiis then went on to blame English clubs for inflated prices in the transfer window.

"The problem of the super cost of the players is due to England," he added. "In England, they gross more money than in France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

"If a club grosses £800m, they have no problem to offer around £80m, £90m, £100m for one player. There is not a real good and fair competition between England and the other countries."

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