According to a report from journalist Duncan Castles on the Transfer Window Podcast, Man City target Kalidou Koulibaly looks like he is ‘definitely‘ leaving Napoli this summer – with the Sky Blues apparently having a ‘strong chance‘ to sign the defender.
As the Serie A side allegedly prepare to find a replacement centre-back, City are apparently clear favourites to land Koulibaly, with figures ‘close‘ to the player theorising a move to Eastlands is the most likely outcome.
Should City spend £89m to sign Koulibaly?
Yes, absolute colossus
No, too old
The 29-year-old defender, who has started 15 Serie A games for Napoli this season, has been heavily linked with a move away over these last two months – but chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis will apparently remain stubborn on his €100 million (£89 million) asking price regardless of the recent pandemic.
Approaching the twilight stages of his career, it is debatable whether the Senegalese stalwart is indeed worth that huge fee, even despite City’s need for a centre-half who will allow Fernandinho to take up his usual position in midfield.
The £193,000-per-week colossus, according to WhoScored, averages more tackles domestically than any Sky Blues player – potentially supporting the theory he would add real robustness to Pep Guardiola’s team.
However, while his ability is evident, the fact he is dawning on 30-years-old could be cause for concern when thinking about a potential buy – especially considering his huge price.