Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may make Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam his first summer signing, with the left-back apparently having a lower release clause than previously indicated.
Ghoulam has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for months with the transfer fee rumoured to be anywhere between £40m and £60m, but reports emerging today suggest that the Napoli star may be available for much cheaper.
From Calcio Insider:
Back in December 2017, Tutto Sport reported that Mourinho is prepared to activate the €60million (£52million) release clause in Ghoulam’s contract to lure him in the winter transfer window. However, the move did not happen and the Algerian international stayed with the Italian side.
As per latest reports in the Italian media (Corriere dello Sport press pic at the end of the article) Manchester United are still interested in signing the defender and with the help of Jorge Mendes – agent of Jose Mourinho and Faouzi Ghoulam, the Red Devils can sign the player for €38million (£33million) before 30th June.
After 30th June, Ghoulam’s price tag will rise to €48million. The 27-year-old left back has been a regular starter for Napoli over the years but this season, he has mainly been on the treatment table.
The African defender has recently recovered from his knee injury and was on the bench last weekend against Torino (Serie A). In 17 appearances, he has so far, scored 2 goals and provided 5 assists for the Serie A giants.