A fresh update concerning Manchester City’s pursuit of Napoli standout Kalidou Koulibaly has emerged over the weekend.
Koulibaly has been plying his trade at the Stadio San Paolo for just over six years now, after he signed from Belgian outfit Genk for a fee just shy of £7m.
Koulibaly has since cemented himself as an absolutely integral member of the Naples-based outfit’s backline, whilst also earning a name as one of the best centre-halves in Europe.
All told, Koulibaly has notched 246 appearances across all competitions for the Azzurri, helping to guide the club to a Supercoppa Italiana title and, more recently, the Coppa Italia.
Man City to bid for Koulibaly
Such consistent, stellar displays have, unsurprisingly, caught the eye of one of European football’s top clubs.
The outfit in question in Manchester City, who are pretty clearly in need of defensive reinforcements ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
And landing Koulibaly to partner Aymeric Laporte would no doubt give City one of the most feared centre-back pairings in Europe.
The Citizens have been linked with a move for the 29-year-old for some time now.
However, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has been quite adamant that any potential suitor would have to stump up a pretty large sum of around €90m to pry the African away from Napoli.
And as mentioned above, City do look set to make a pretty sizable offer to Napoli soon.
However, as per Fabrizio Romano, it will only be around €75m with add-ons included – a fair way off the €90m De Laurentiis has previously mentioned:
Napoli expect Manchester City to submit a new bid for Kalidou Koulibaly on next week – around €75m add ons included. Talks still progressing [so slow because of no-direct contacts between the two clubs]. Napoli are waiting for the new official bid. @DiMarzio #MCFC #ManCity
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 4, 2020