Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd urged to target star who could be their own Virgil Van Dijk

Kalidou Koulibaly can transform the defences of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United just like Virgil Van Dijk has done for Liverpool. That is the view of Rangers and Scotland legend Ally McCoist.

Koulibaly is once again being linked with a move to the Premier League after previous efforts to sign him were rebuffed by his current club Napoli.

The Senegal international has three years left on his contract and turned 29 last month.

Chelsea, Arsenal and United are all understood to be in the market for a world-class centre-back this summer.

In January 2018, Liverpool broke their club transfer record to sign Van Dijk from Southampton and it has been a decision which has paid off handsomely.

Since his arrival at Anfield, Liverpool have had the best defence in England, won the Premier League, the Champions League and the Club World Cup.

Van Dijk is widely considered to be the best defender in the world and Liverpool’s gain has been a great loss to their rivals.

And McCoist believes Koulibaly has the quality to emulate Van Dijk and revolutionise the backlines of one of Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Man City or United.

“The key signing for Liverpool was Van Dijk, and I think [that position] is so important for a number of top clubs, he told talkSPORT.

“In that I include Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Man City definitely need to strengthen in the centre-back position and I also think Manchester United need to strengthen there.

“I think Harry Maguire has done fine, but there’s a question mark over Lindelof and you certainly need strength in depth.

“The name I keep going back to is the lad Koulibaly at Napoli, who has impressed for a long, long time now.

I don’t know whether there have been moves to try and get him out of Napoli, or whether he’s happy there, the big Senegalese defender.

“But I think he is the one target a lot of top Premier League clubs would and should be looking at.”

City have made a move to improve their defence by agreeing a deal with Bournemouth to sign Nathan Ake.

The fee is understood to be around £40million for the 25-year-old, who made 121 appearances for the Cherries.

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