Kalidou Koulibaly Switch Replace – Man Metropolis, Chelsea, Liverpool & Man Utd Stances
Unique – Manchester Metropolis are stepping up their curiosity in Napoli centre again Kalidou Koulibaly, whereas Chelsea may but rival Pep Guardiola’s facet for the Senegal star over the approaching weeks.
Regardless of the latest £40m buy of Nathan Ake, Metropolis are nonetheless out there for an additional centre-back to strengthen an space of the staff that turned a weak spot this season. The membership are additionally prepared to maneuver on each Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones if the chance arises.
Chelsea, in the meantime, really feel they lack a world class centre-back. And although substantial sums have already been spent on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, with Kai Havertz additionally more and more anticipated to make the swap to Stamford Bridge, 90min has been knowledgeable that the cash continues to be obtainable for the Blues to purchase their most well-liked targets at centre-back and left-back – charges can be structured in instalments, as is commonly the case with most offers.
The place Koulibaly is anxious, 90min understands that the 29-year-old has been given permission from Napoli to seek out his subsequent membership. That has led his representatives to point to potential suitors that they’re prepared to start discussing phrases over a switch.
Latest Italian experiences of Metropolis making bids had been untimely, however the membership do have critical curiosity. Koulibaly is usually thought-about to be the very best ‘prepared made’ centre-back on the planet at this second in time and each Metropolis and Chelsea signal as much as that mind-set.
Inter’s Milan Skriniar, who’s 4 years youthful and subsequently has extra long-term worth, is an alternate possibility that Metropolis and Chelsea are considering. Koulibaly, however, is their first choice.
Koulibaly is the commanding presence Pep Guardiola wants to start regularly alongside Aymeric Laporte in Manchester, with the aforementioned Ake to be a reliable rotation option.
Despite no formal bid just yet, City have opened talks with Napoli over a transfer fee. The hope at the Etihad Stadium is that they can negotiate a deal worth £60m. However, it is short of Napoli’s value, with Chelsea’s rival interest also having the potential to push the price up.
Even though Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis publicly commented to the Italian media in early August that he is seeking an offer of €90m (£81m) to part with Koulibaly, sources believe the Serie A side will do business for around £70m. That is still more than City are currently looking to pay, but significantly less than the sky high £100m+ price tags set in the last two summers.
Napoli themselves are already making efforts to source a replacement at Stadio San Paolo and have highly-rated Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes on their radar.
Other Premier League clubs have also been linked with Koulibaly. But neither Liverpool nor Manchester United will make any sort of approach at this moment in time.
However, that stance could change for the latter, who do want another centre-back, if they are able to successfully sell both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in the coming few weeks.
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