Manchester United are finally ready to make their interest in SSC Napoli left-back, Faouzi Ghoulam official by sending over a bid of £26m. The player’s agent has already been contacted by the United management and Jose Mourinho could end up with the 27-year-old in his squad next summer.

Ghoulam has missed the majority of the season with a broken knee-cap and is slowly returning to match fitness. He is contracted to the Serie A outfit till the summer of 2020 and Mourinho might just face a lot of pressure for the Algerian’s permanent signature.

Ghoulam arrived at the Stadio San Paolo in the winter of 2014 after impressing for French outfit, Saint Etienne. He broke into the European stage after making his Ligue 1 debut against Valenciennes in the 2010/11 season. He cemented his spot in the Etienne first team and went on to make 87 appearances for the club while scoring one and assisting 7.

He has been a standout performer for Napoli as well, being fielded as an immediate starter under Rafael Benitez. Even Maurizio Sarri has favoured the versatile full-back and Ghoulam can be a major part of Gli Azzurri’s immediate future.

Standing at 6 feet 2 inches, Ghoulam is one of the more physically imposing defenders who can still make an impact on the offensive end. He might not be the fastest on the world stage but is agile enough to take on pacey wingers.

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